For my final Major Project i have choose to explore the area of photojournalism. This Blog will act as a personal diary throughout the final project of my degree in Fashion Promotion at The University of South Wales.
This Blog will be used to portray knowledge, engagement, presentation and communication through my FMP. This will include Interviews with Photojournalists and documentation photographers who specialise in different areas of photojournalism. I will analyse existing photographers work – exploring cultural, fashion, political and controversial topics to help gain a greater understanding of this media. Inspiration from research and photojournalists will assist experimental photography which will be updated weekly. The end product of this blog will be to create and showcase my own collection of photojournalism. Any feed back or comments would be much appreciated!
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“Since I became a photographer I always wanted to turn back the year. always wished I had a camera when I was a boy. fucking in the backseat, gang-banging with the pretty girls all the other girls in the neighbourhood hated” . Larry Clark.
The Photography industry is one of the largest industries in the creative world. Photography is quickly becoming a lucrative business and an art. The most interesting aspect of photography is that one can purse it as hobby and quickly turn it into a business with endless opportunities for growth. Professional photography is a great profession and a small enterprise to embark on. There are tertiary courses that one can take to to enhance their skill of photography. There are many technological ways of developing, improving and creating a masterpiece out of the ordinary photo taking, which professional photographers can take advantage of. The field of photography i will explore is photojournalism. According to the oxford dictionary the term ‘photojournalism’ is the practice of communicating new by photographs, especially in magazines, Furthermore Lori Lynch states:
Photo journalism is visual reporting of facts and truths. It is telling news and feature stories through photography and videotape and telling them with the same objectivity, accuracy and fairness required of all journalists. Its is using pictures – sometimes one, sometimes more – to get across the essence or impact of those stories. If journalism is the first draft of history, then photojournalism is the visual documentation of history (Lynch, 2012, pp.351)
The history of Photojournalism is well told in Mary Panzer’s introduction to Things As They Are: Photojournalism in Context since 1995, a book published by Chris Boot for the 50th anniversary of World Press Photo. Beginning with Illustrated London News in 1842 and the first mechanically reproduced photograph in The New York Daily Graphic in 1880, it is clear that photojournalism has been profoundly influenced by new technologies and the modes of story telling they make possible. The arrival of small 35mm cameras in the 1920′s, combined with the emergence of picture magazine in Germany, France and the United States in the 2930′s, meant photo stories were more easily produced and published.
In the Present day we witness Photojournalism daily, from tabloid media, editorials in fashion and culture magazines. Daily news and exhibitions of journalism would not be the same without photojournalism it communicates with the reader in a way that written journalism cannot. The world relies on photojournalists to shoot compelling images that enhance new stories. Images taken by photojournalists should summarise what has been written in an article. By doing so, newspaper reading and news watching becomes more effective as one can better relate and understand images than written journalism, for-filling the reader visually.
“As Journalists, one of their tasks is to reveal the unjust and unacceptable, so that their images become an element in the process of change. Photography gives a voice to the voiceless, IT’S A CALL TO ACTION” (Allan,2009, pp.4-5)