Photojournalist Renée Byer talks about documenting poverty. | Cover |

One day in Cambodia, Renée Byer watched a child running happily alongside a pool of green, polluted water. Human instinct began to tug at her. She wanted to help. She wanted to put an arm out to prevent him from tumbling into the muck. But she knew she had to capture the moment.

Coupled, two Rohingya pictures prove the vitality of photojournalism – Columbia Journalism Review

EVER SINCE THE ARRIVAL of video as a news medium, commentators have pronounced the still news photograph obsolete. Susan Sontag led the way in 1977. She considered photojournalism dead. “The vast photographic catalogue of misery and injustice throughout the world has given everyone a certain familiarity with atrocity, making the horrible seem more ordinary—making it appear familiar, remote (‘it’s only a photograph’), inevitable.” James Lever, in the 2018 spring-summer issue of the engaging Oxford arts magazine Areté, similarly disdains the still photograph and exalts the smart phone. “The photograph seems to bespeak a deep nostalgia for the diminishing 20th century idea of photojournalism itself, that discipline that once considered itself an unacknowledged legislator capable of authoritative intervention in public affairs.”

Who kills our metadata ? – Thoughts of a Bohemian

Unfortunately, not much will be made of these long hours devoted to informing his images as accurately as possible – the famous metadata – giving all their journalistic value to Olivier’s photographs. The metadata will be deleted, discarded, erased by the news sites who will publish them. This is also the case for the vast majority of the three billion photos published daily on the web, whether yours or mine, those of professionals published on The New York Times’ website or Liberation’s or those of amateurs exchanged by smartphone, published on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

A Day of Diptychs: Contrasting Two Photos at a Time – PhotoShelter Blog

The intrinsic storytelling potential of diptychs make them a powerful and obvious format. Nevertheless, I was surprised to see three examples published within a 24-hour span that explored such a wide range of subject matter.

Ella Watson: The Empowered Woman of Gordon Parks’s ‘American Gothic’ – The New York Times

Gordon Parks’s photograph “American Gothic” afforded rare attention to a black female subject who was not a celebrity or entertainer, but a mother and a worker.

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 4 May 2018 – Photojournalism Now

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up part two of the Head On Photo Festival preview. Tonight is the opening of the Festival in Sydney and the announcement of the Head On Photo Awards, which I’ll blog about next week. This week check out work from multi-award winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein from her 15 year survey of Afghanistan, as well as Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder’s Living for Death, Japan-based American photojournalist James Whitlow Delano’s body of work Normalizing Extrajudicial Murder in the Philippines, images from Patti Boyd’s George Harrison, Eric Clapton & Me and Garrett Hansen’s HAIL.

Native American Photographers Unite to Challenge Inaccurate Narratives – The New York Times

When Tailyr Irvine was at the Standing Rock prayer camp in South Dakota she noticed that many of the other photographers there — who had come to photograph protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline — were concentrating on people on horseback or those wearing headdresses. While many of the photographers were well meaning, she said, they relied on overly dramatic visual clichés that gave a distorted view of native people like her.

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 27 April 2018 – Photojournalism Now

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up part one of the Head On Photo Festival preview featuring works by Emma Hack, Jamey Stillings, Nancy Borowick, Sheila Zhao and Stuart Spence. (Featured image: Emma Hack).

Yana Paskova Reveals the Truth on Those Michael Cohen Photos – PhotoShelter Blog

In the on-going Stormy Daniels saga, Michael Cohen has gained national prominence as President Trump’s longtime fixer and personal lawyer who tends to play by his own rules. On a day that he probably should have been in court, Cohen was found outside the Loews Regency in New York palling around smoking a cigar. Yana Paskova was one of two photographers on the scene, and her tightly composed images quickly went viral, and became fodder for internet memes.

How John Moore’s Brilliant US-Mexico Border Photos Also Migrate – Reading The Pictures

Sure, a photograph here or there uses some other framing device, but for the most part Moore’s photographs of the border rely on lines separating here and there, this side and that side, caught and free, shadowed and revealed. It’s an inevitable choice. Moore’s subject is the border, after all.

How do you make people care? Here’s how this award-winning photographer does it. | Poynter

Andrea Bruce was driving when something caught her eye.

“I actually saw them from the road …. I asked, ‘What is happening here?'”

Unlike most people in the world, Bruce can travel to amazing places. And when she sees something, she can stop.

Susan Meiselas: On Motivation, Her Legacy and the Future of Photojournalism | PDN Online

The work of American photographer Susan Meiselas is the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibition currently on view at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France and opening in July at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “Mediations,” which is accompanied by a catalogue published by Damiani, brings together a selection of series from the 1970s to the present, calling attention to Meiselas’s photographic approach and her lifelong commitment to engage in a “cycle of return” with her subjects, going back to the communities she has photographed and sharing the work with them. The exhibition also demonstrates how Meiselas has found ways to extend narratives beyond a photographic frame by using audio, film and archival materials to build layered stories that include multiple perspectives. The retrospective follows on the heels of her book On the Frontline, a memoir about her career published last fall by Aperture. In it, she discusses the experiences, motivations and ideas that shaped different, yet connected, bodies of work.

The Stories That Keep Them Going: 5 Photojournalists Share Their Most Powerful Moments – PhotoShelter Blog

We usually think of first responders as medical and emergency personnel, but we forget that photojournalists are often some of the first witnesses to a crisis. From grieving with a widow to being one of the first faces a refugee sees on dry land, a photojournalist’s job is anything but predictable. But not every scene they capture is full of hardship. We asked five documentary photographers and photojournalists to share some of the stories that they’ll remember forever.

Why Did Garry Winogrand Photograph That? – The New York Times

Thirty-four years after his death, Garry Winogrand’s photographs continue to charm, befuddle and amaze viewers. A new book, “The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand,” takes 100 photos and pairs each with an essay by Geoff Dyer. The experience was daunting, especially sifting through the stream of images shot in his prolific final years. But it was also quite the revelation. Jordan Teicher spoke with Mr. Dyer about the book, which was published by the University of Texas Press. Their conversation has been edited.

How Tech Disrupted Photography and Made Things ‘Awful’ for News Photogs

The photojournalism industry has undergone seismic shifts over the past couple of decades with photography’s move to digital and the rise of the smartphone camera. The business intelligence firm L2 recently sat down with veteran photojournalist Rick Smolan to chat about how tech has disrupted photography.

Shocking Photos of the Floods in West Bengal – Feature Shoot

The photographer Ranita Roy remembers the floods of West Bengal from her early childhood. “When I was a kid, I had a lot of fun with the flowing water,” she remembers. Now, as an adult, she realizes the consequences and implications of the floods. People and their animals have died, and more have lost their homes and livelihoods. Driven by what she calls her “inner instinct,” she felt she had to document the realities of what she saw.

Life Beyond Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

A deep passion for photography is only part of what it takes to succeed as a full-time photographer. Fewer staff positions combined with static or declining rates has led many photographers and photo editors to exit the profession in the past few years. But change isn’t always negative. The following individuals found renewed purpose carving out careers that, in many cases, have little do with making pictures. We’re inspired by the possibilities.

On the front lines: Baltimore photographers recall documenting 1968 riots – Baltimore Sun

Irving Henry Webster Phillips Jr. was a photographer for the Baltimore Afro-American on April 6, 1968 when the paper received notice that what later would be described as spontaneous riots were about to break out.