If a single photograph speaks a thousand words, what happens when those words get twisted and misrepresent the image? The photographer who captured the shocking images of US border patrol guards appearing to whip Haitian migrants on the Texas-Mexico border has spoken out, saying that the image does not accurately depict what he saw and that the photograph has been misconstrued.
James Hayman shows life’s true colors through black and white images
If I could describe James Hayman’s photos in a single word, it would be “colorful.” And believe it or not, the majority of his images are black and white! Still, figuratively speaking, Hayman’s work bursts with color: it shows true colors of life and of its different sides.
His photojournalist work has taken James Hayman all around the world. And in this article, we bring you some of his exquisite black and white photos.
World Press Photo contest reveals the stunning 2021 winners
After giving us a little teaser with its 2021 nominees, the World Press Photo Contest has now announced this year’s winners. The best of the best for the World Press Photo contest and Digital Storytelling Contest have been announced, and we bring you the stunning selection of photos below.
World Press Photo Contest announces breathtaking 2021 nominees
The World Press Photo Contest won’t be announced till next month. Still, The World Press Photo Foundation has something for us. They have announced this year’s nominees of the World Press Photo contest, as well as the Digital Storytelling Contest. And just like always, the photos are breathtaking, moving, and thought-provoking.
British photojournalist arrested for doing his job and covering a story
Photojournalist Andy Aitchison (46) was recently arrested after photographing protests at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, UK. He was reportedly arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for taking photos. In other words – for doing his job. He believes it’s censorship, and some serious concerns have been raised about media freedom.
Pete Souza calls out photographer Evan Vucci for copying iconic Obama photo with Trump
It’s hard to escape from the USA elections these days, no matter where you live. I don’t like interfering with politics too much, but I still found something that really intrigued me: a photo. Actually, two photos that look quite a lot like each other, and they were taken four years apart.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza noticed the similarity too, and he didn’t miss to point it out. In a recent tweet, he subtly called out photographer Evan Vucci for creating a photo very similar to an iconic image of Obama, only with Trump as the main subject.
All Associated Press visual journalists are now bound to switch to Sony cameras
The Associated Press (AP) has announced a partnership with Sony. Over the next two years, all AP’s visual journalists from all over the globe will use exclusively Sony gear to capture their still and video stories.
Guidelines for ethical photography and storytelling in the post-George Floyd era
The death of George Floyd this May sparked protests across the USA and even internationally. These events make us reevaluate many things, including the ethics of storytelling and photography. In this week’s episode of Impact Everywhere’s podcast, Benjamin Von Wong spoke to Danielle Da Silva. She is an award-winning photographer, and a founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders (PWB). Danielle spoke with Ben about her own experience with discrimination, and elaborated on PWB’s guidelines for ethical photography. If you’re a photojournalist, this is something you must listen. But honestly, I recommend it to everyone.
“The camera never lies” is a myth and these photographers explain why
During the coronavirus crisis, the importance of keeping a distance from others keeps popping up. And yet, we keep seeing photos that show people standing way close to one another. The camera never lies. Or does it?
Copenhagen-based photojournalists Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson and Philip Davali decided to debunk the myth that the camera always tells the truth. In an experiment for the photo news agency Ritzau Scanpix, they took photos in public using different lenses and perspectives. The photos they made show just how much you can change the story by simply changing the angle of view or the focal length.
The photographic phases of depicting COVID-19
In many parts of the U.S. the reality of social distancing policies have only been in place for about a month. Yet during that time and the few weeks that preceded it, photographers have already churned through a number of phases to document and depict the outbreak.
In a sense, these phases represent visual tropes – a way of immediately understanding that the photo is illustrative of the pandemic. And in its laziest form, these tropes are, in the words of Fred Ritchin, mere “signifiers.” The utilization of a “signifier” elucidates very little about a story. At its best, photos of the pandemic give us context and pull us in emotionally in a way that words can’t. Joshua Bickel’s “zombie” protestor photo is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
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