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.

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