What is Photojournalism?

Photojournalism is a field of journalism using photographs to tell a story which could be a moment of historical change such as what happened in Egypt in 2011 to a story happening in a local town anywhere in the world.

As a writer has to know their subject before putting pen to paper,  a good photographer must know their subject too. It is not good enough to snap away at a group of people who perhaps are demonstrating without knowing why they are demonstrating. If you do not understand their motivation, passion as well as knowing what the other side is thinking, how can you take an accurate record of that event; how can the pictures have any context or meaning.

Robert Capa is perhaps the most famous  photojournalists, the father of photojournalism and a founding  member of Magnum Photos. What made his work so captivating was his ability to almost get inside his subjects, to feel what they felt and portray that in his photographs. He once said that “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”. He was right, you have to get close to get the truth, long lenses are not the answer!

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