WHAT IS PHOTOJOURNALISM
The official definition of photojournalism according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, “journalism in which copy is subordinate to pictorial usually photographic presentation of news stories or in which high proportion of pictorial presentation is used,”(Merriam-Webster, 2017). Since photojournalism is changing daily, your photos are not only being published in the newspaper, but photojournalist work can be published in magazines, television broadcast, and social media outlets to name a few. There have been a variety of images that have gone “viral” because of certain situations. These photojournalists put their lives on the line to capture moments, so other people could embrace it.
Photojournalism is when reporters or people go to newsworthy events and capture moments that viewers will find interesting. Along with those certain photos there will be a story that will be informative about the event of time to go along with it.
Many photojournalists either are freelance photographer or they work for a variety of news outlets. Those photojournalist travel from a variety of places and takes photos of certain events and then they turn their photo or photos to a local newspaper or big news agencies, and also magazine publishers to sell their photo to them. Photojournalist. Back in 2010 Photojournalist that had a stable job, made around $35,980 annually (The Art Career Project, 2017).
There are a variety of professional organizations they represent photojournalist like, American Photographic Artist (APA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to name a few. These organizations are there to promote photographers that are in their organizations and protecting the photojournalist rights. These organizations are worth joining if you want to protect your work. Each of the organizations are flexible with cost, but to join APA it ranges from $50 to $500 a year. When you join certain organizations like APA it comes along with various benefits like, a portfolio, professional insurance plans, and discounts on certain software’s to name a few (American Photographic Artist, 2017).
Photojournalism has been around for ages, but to be exact it began in 1853 during the time that the Crimean War (Towne, 2012). The “Golden Age” of photojournalism took pace from 1930s to the 1960s when photographers of the time took photos with a 35mm film camera (Towne, 2012). The three top photographers of that time were Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks
There’s a variety of contemporary sources where photojournalist could display their work like The New York Times: Lens, which lets these photojournalists to display their work online so more people will be able to view their work (New York Times, 2017).
I really enjoy freelance photojournalist, Jonathan Bachman from New Orleans, he has many powerful images that speak tons of words. Bachman usually covers sports and breaking news topics and then sells his images to Getty Images and Associated Press. I discovered him when the powerful image of the young woman standing in front of the law enforcement during the Alton Sterling Protest in Louisiana.
This particular image that I first saw on Twitter lead me to his website and he captured many other powerful images during the Alton Sterling rally. The world we live in where violence is everywhere and it seems like there is some type of protest monthly. Jonathan Bachman caught a powerful image of a young woman in Louisiana for a Black Lives Matter movement walking towards in the law enforcement in their riot gear (Gottschalk, 2016).
This photo shows the struggle between two types of people and how the African-American woman is surrendering herself to the police officers without hesitation. He also has many sport photos that he took of sport teams that are from the New Orleans area and he captures the moment perfectly (Bachman, 2017).