WHAT IS PHOTOJOURNALISM?
Photojournalism is a form of journalism where using photographs is the main form of spreading the news. Photojournalism is an art of capturing emotions, disasters, hard news, and celebrating life all at once. It is a very tiresome, emotional, but rewarding job. Photojournalists such as William Daniels make their living by selling their photographs to publications and news outlets. They typically work as freelance photographers and can charge their own price fro events. Prices can range from event to event. On average, a photographer can make from $15 on up for a publication.
One of the more well known organizations that represents photojournalists is the National Professional Photographers Association. The NPPA is a well respected organization that shows future employers that you follow a specific code of ethics while you are part of the organization. To join the NPPA it is $65 a year for students and also for those who are retired. It is $110 a year for professionals to be a member.
Photojournalism began in 1925 in Germany with the invention of the 35 mm camera. The Golden Age of photojournalism is considered to be roughly between the 1930s and 1950s. Some of the most famous photographers in this time were Robert Capa, Malcolm Brown, and Walker Evans.
A contemporary photojournalist I would like to emulate is Steve McCurry. His work is very powerful and shows much emotion in many of his portraits. McCurry has been to many countries in Asia and has photographed many different walks of life. Some publications I would love to work for are: Time Magazine, Nike, and Speedo. I would also love to work for Steve McCurry to be able to travel and really get involved in the life of people in other countries. Another photographer I would throughly enjoy working for is Tim Tadder. He is a sports photographer, but he travels all over the world to shoot the best athletes.