“CHRIS BURKARD PHOTOGRAPHY, COLD WATER SURFING”
Photojournalism, which began in World War Two, was used to serve as tool of communication for news, specifically print publication. This was a way for people to visually connect current events and stories to photographs. This became really popular in newspapers and magazines. Since newspapers are now going out of popular style it’s making photojournalists get more creative with their content and platforms to share on. In result, this is changing the definition of photojournalism.
Today photojournalism is evolving and sometimes requires photojournalists to risk their wellbeing. “The primary role of the photojournalist is to be a visual storyteller. By photographing, editing, and presenting images, they tell a story in a way that no other media can. Some photojournalists will work for a local publication, while others will travel nationally or abroad, sometimes putting themselves in constantly changing or even dangerous situations” (www.journalismdegree.com). This career is no longer about just outsourcing news because storytelling can be much more powerful than a simple news article. There are far more ways to tell stories and share experiences such as: blogging, posting to social media, and posting to youtube.
Since the growth of social media and internet consumers is on the rise I would expect the growth of jobs for photographers and journalists to rise as well. “The Internet also makes it easier for freelance photographers to market their photographs directly to the various news agencies.
Freelance photographers need the skill to market their work and negotiate contract”(www.journalismdegree.com). The internet and social media makes it much more capable for photographers to gain exposure because of the large audiences.
I am most inspired by a photographer named Chris Burkard. He is an accomplished photographer and recently won a gold medal for one of his ‘Under the Artic Sky’ photos. His photos and stories are inspirational because of his strong relationship with nature and desire to explore many unknown places. “His visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED stage, design product lines, educate, and publish a growing collection of books. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his production studio and art gallery in the Central Coast of California.
At the age of 31, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer” (www.chrisburkard.com).