Powerful news photos rocket around social media, but are they actually making a difference?
When the Associated Press published Julia Le Duc’s photograph of a drowned Salvadoran man, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, and his 23-month old daughter Valeria, it sparked outrage on social media. According to Le Duc, Ramírez had attempted to cross the Rio Grande after realizing he couldn’t present himself to U.S. authorities to request asylum.
I have been widely criticized for commercializing photojournalism and war photography since I appeared in the Warner Brothers television show "In Harms Way." Since then I have been working hard on ways of making my work even more commercial. The bottom li
Routine is something photojournalists do not have often. Assignments change daily, as do the locations we work in and the people we meet. I’m working an early morning spot news rotation, but two days last week I joined an overnight police ride-along. Hours that normally start at 6:30 am ended again at 6:30 the following morning. It’s exciting, if not tiring; yet always rewarding. We’re adapted to constant change, and that change often is the fuel that keeps us moving.