The New York Times has always lead the news world in the realm of multimedia; however, their features aren’t limited to following World Cup stats. As an aspiring future photojournalist, one of my favorite features is the Lens.  From May 2009, the blog has featured compelling photo essays, slideshows and videos. Their mission is to not only “visually [chronicle ]the world around us but actively [involve their readers] in some way or other, whether professionally or informally”.

Media Storm, one of my recently discovered treasures, presents the mesh between photography and television: documentaries. Works on the site range from coverage of  Ukraine’s nuclear disaster to the struggle of the American veteran to adapt to the post-war world. One of my favorites is New York Reacts, a compilation of the raw, unscripted conversations of New Yorkers after 9/11.

At the beginning of my first semester at the University of the Arts, my digital photography professor introduced us to Magnum Photos, a cooperative of photographers dedicated to using photography as a means of exploring different cultures and conveying distinctive messages. Its library provides excellent examples of photo essays & podcasts, displaying the important relationship between word, image, and sound.

           

   In1985, this Afghan refugee girl went from being plastered on the cover of National Geographic magazine to becoming a universally recognized icon of the photojournalistic world, capturing the essence of caution amidst wartime; however, although many have come to affiliate this photo with the magazine, the credit goes to the photographer, the mastermind behind the lens: Steve McCurry.

            A native of Philadelphia, McCurry has emerged as one of the most renowned photographers of the century. Throughout his career, he has travelled the world to places such as Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War and Afghanistan to capture the essence of war and its consequences on the face of humanity.

          “Most of my pictures are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape that I guess you’d call the human condition”(stevemccurry.com)

            Take a look at his gallery and you will come to know what it means to see the soul in someone’s eyes, to know who they are and realize the beauty of people.

What is photojournalism?

June 27, 2010

Misconception: communication is verbal, purely consisting of articles, of the spoken word. In newspapers, we paint  scenes with words and that is it; however, the fact is that it is not the whole. What some tend to overlook is the companion to the rhetoric: the power of a picture. Not only does it give proof of an event but allows more freedom for the individual to draw their own conclusions without the constraining rhetoric of the author.

Photojournalism stimulates the audience to interact more with current issues. They can look into a photo as they do a kitchen window: having the ability to look up from their work, see for themselves what is at hand and make their own conclusions as to how they should handle the chaos of their neighbors, the world around them. An image allows an individual to bring focus and attention to a person, place or even. Hopefully, if a journalist is successful, he/she will be able to convey his/her message to an audience in the single instant an audience; however, generally, the photo needs no words, no implicit message, only a viewer to unlock a message specialized to themselves.