Photojournalism is one of the genres I respect the most in photography, but unfortunately, it has suffered the same fate as newspapers.
News agencies are relying more on content they can find on social media, and not so much on paying a freelance photojournalist to cover their stories.
Nevertheless, photojournalism still is a strong genre and has produced, in my opinion, the vast majority of influential photographs in history.
Today we want to share with you 11 links that will get you closer to this fierce genre of photography.
In this article, Rachael Towne gives us a brief overview of the history behind photojournalism. She also takes a look at citizen journalism and what impact that might mean.
Magnum Photo agency was founded by legendary photographers Robert Capa, David Seymour and the one and only, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and other photographers. This agency was intended to empower photojournalism by giving them an institute that would protect their photography rights. Nowadays it is one of the most prestigious (if not the most) photojournalism agencies in the world. Here you can read articles and see photographs that you wouldn't be seeing anywhere else.
In this article, I reflect on how the highly democratized world of social media has been challenging photojournalists. But I think they shouldn't hang up their cameras, but ask themselves “what are we going to do about this now?”.
Lensculture has a close relationship to Magnum Photo, and it has its eyes and lens on every emerging talented photographer of the world. It is a great place to find some really interesting photojournalism that is being produced right now.
There has been a lot said about these two topics. Read this piece if you are looking to find out more about their differences and similarities.
The Atlantic posts weekly entries dedicated to the most meaningful events in the world, and you guessed it, it shows pretty much everything with photographs, made of course, by photojournalists from all over the globe.
The World Press Photo Award is the most prestigious award for photojournalism, and they publish the best of the best. Read this article to find out why it is so important for photojournalists all over the globe. Just a small tip, they get pretty intense in April, when the award is just around the corner.
Of course, we can't send you a link to our article and not give the actual World Press Photo site space in our list. They also publish annual books with everything you need to know about the most important photographs of the year – well the ones they've chosen.
This year was special for this award, because they released the list of candidates for the award. This was a complete breakthrough, and in that moment we did an analysis about the featured images.
The International Center of Photography (better known in the photographic world as the ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image, and it was founded by… Cornell Capa, who happens to be Robert Capa's brother.
On 2016 the photojournalist Jonathan Bachman took an image that caused some serious turmoil on the web. People where declaring it iconic as soon as it appeared, and honestly, it is one of the most meaningful photographs of our century. In this article, I did a deep breakdown of the photograph.
The Most Influential Images of All Time
According to the Time Magazine, there are 100 influential images that have shaped our world. Many of these photographs were produced thanks to photojournalistic work. Here in this link, you can explore all the stories behind these images that changed the world. They were all selected in-house by TIME and an international team of curators. Some of the images include other photographs, and short documentaries. They even published a book with all the photographs.
We hope you have enjoyed this post, and remember, every time you see images produced for breaking news purposes, try to think about the context in which the photographer had to put themselves in order to capture reality as it is.