Is Photojournalism A Thing Of The Past? | The New Republic

Sharing this article received from class to read.  Let me know your thoughts.

Is Photojournalism A Thing Of The Past? | The New Republic.

Updated -My P.O.V.:

Reading this article really made me think to a great extent society has lost its touch with producing fair and balanced photographs and hard news stories.   The article asks the question, “Is photojournalism a thing of the past?”  I think not.   I think there haven’t been any great photojournalists for quite some time as stated in the article.  Photos that are manipulated are able to co hoarse the viewer to think just as the photographer would like them to.

I agree with Jed Pearl that “for a long time, photography has had a propagandistic power, whether for left, right, or center.  And that photojournalism has become so pervasive that some counterbalance is needed. “

Pearl also notes in his article a great point by Galassi and Linfield, “neither Linfield nor Galassi has any interest in the old romantic view of the photojournalist as a prophetic voice. In a sense, their essential point is relatively modest, for what they are saying is that photojournalists, while not necessarily truth tellers, are not necessarily liars, either.”

Times has drastically changed from whence it were before in journalism, due to advance social mediums and society’s need for instant gratification of wanting things “now.”

It’s easy for professionals and amateurs to set-up a social network account and start downloading photos and writing stories that has not been professionally screened for accuracy and truth.

Accuracy and truth has been missing in society for a while.  It’s about time media Mongols start going back to real journalism and stop dictating journalism from a moneymaking point of view.  Photojournalism is not dead… it’s just starting to get back to its roots of accuracy and truth.


3 thoughts on “Is Photojournalism A Thing Of The Past? | The New Republic

  1. In my amateur opinion, I don’t think photojournalism is dead. I think we haven’t see any truly great photojournalists in quite some time, but then again media is so rushed in this day and age that people don’t stop to consider the impact and emotion that are put into a photo. As the article said, “…earliest photojournalists…expected images of injustice to push viewers into action…” We just don’t see that much anymore, people wanting to take action because of some injustice they saw in a photograph, we just don’t care, we could always make the time, we as society simply don’t care.

    1. I agree, blacksunglassesmedia. Media is rushed. Society is in the “mircowave popcorn,” crave – instant, now. Society as a whole don’t care. That’s a shame. I do believe that there are those one percent that truly care and is actively making a difference.

  2. I think this is a really interesting article, and it has a good point. It’s similar to journalism, which is de-industrializing and seeing an increase of citizen journalism. The same is happening with photos, with more people taking more great, but sometimes misleading and less professional photos.

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