Photo Journalism

What is photo journalism? Photo journalism is the method of telling a news story or exploring current affairs through powerful photography. It is most common in the print media, however the advent of social media means that access to powerful photography about the news has been significantly expanded. Issues like sustainable transport and climate change can be movingly documented in high-impact photographs that are often grouped together in a narrative as a ‘photo essay’.

 

Case Study – Sustainable Transport in Brighton (Photo essay by Jonathon Goldberg, sponsored by Southern Rail)

 

How can I do it? All that is needed for photojournalism is a camera, something that is on the overwhelming majority of smart phones. As it is predicted that 2.87 billion people will have a smartphone by 2020 (Statista), photojournalism is a highly accessible method. In addition, the widespread use of social media means that access to powerful photojournalism is no longer limited to those who buy broadsheet newspapers.

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