After almost a year of detention, award-winning Chinese photojournalist Lu Guang has been released. He has been documenting China’s dark side for years, and in November 2018, he got arrested. He has been released a few months ago, but he is reportedly still kept under surveillance.
If you want to be a photojournalist, ethical photography is something you need to master just as the artistic and technical parts of the craft. However, not all photographers stick with the rules of ethics. Instead, some of them stage their photos, direct their subjects, or even manipulate images in post. In this video, Michael The Maven shares some famous cases of photojournalists who were caught cheating. It’s an interesting video to watch, but also a useful reminder of what not to do if you want to be a good photojournalist.
On Monday 17 June, a masked gunman opened fire at a federal courthouse in Dallas. Tom Fox, a Dallas Morning News photographer, was just a few feet away from him. He managed to capture a photo of the heavily armed staring straight into his lens, and it’s as impressive as it’s chilling. In the video below, Fox speaks out about his encounter with the gunman and his thoughts during the tense moments.
For the first time in its 62-year-long history, World Press Photo Foundation disinvited a photographer from the annual awards ceremony. Andrew Quilty won third place in this years’ contest in the Spot News, Stories category, but he didn’t attend the show. The reason is alleged reports of his “inappropriate behavior.”
The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. And like every year, stories in two photography-related categories have been awarded: the Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography. Winners of both categories won the awards for moving stories from different parts of the world, and you can read more and see the images below.
The World Press Photo Foundation has announced winners of its 62nd annual World Press Photo of the Year contest and the 9th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. The finalists were announced back in February, and now the best of the best have been selected to win the prestigious awards.
While covering clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group in Syria, Italian freelance photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi was severely injured. He was photographing the conflict in the village of Baghuz on 11 February 2019 when shrapnel hit him. Luckily, he survived and is recovering – and he claims that his Leica cameras saved his life.
In the last couple of years, photojournalists have been laid off from large media companies. Along with this, did the quality of photos drop? A recent study has confirmed what many of us think is reasonable: laying off professional photojournalists leads to a loss in the quality of images. And it’s not only the loss of technical quality but so much more.
Award-winning Chinese photographer Lu Guang went missing in early November. His wife Xu Xiaoli claimed that he was taken away by national security officers, and now this information has been confirmed. The photographer was arrested while visiting Xinjiang province in China, and Chinese police have confirmed it to Mr. Lu’s family.
There is hardly anyone who doesn’t know about “Migrant Mother,” an iconic photo by Dorothea Lange. The 1936 portrait depicts Florence Owens Thompson and her children, and there are many true and untrue facts we’ve heard about it. But did you know it was altered? Or “photoshopped,” as we tend to say nowadays? Thanks to a new book from the Museum of Modern Art, this interesting fact has recently seen the light of day.