I’m not personally that big on photojournalism – that is, telling (human interest) stories with photographs. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t have the knack for it. Or maybe I do, but haven’t developed it properly. You certainly won’t see that side of me on this site.
I’ve been thinking today about what good photojournalism is. I’m not sure that I have an answer for the masses, but I do for myself: good photojournalism will touch your soul. That’s it – it may let you see life through someone else’s eyes, or see places you will never go, but in the end it has to touch you. Otherwise it’s just a series of (maybe interesting) snapshots.
The best photojournalist I know (not personally, just following) is Zoriah. He’s the real thing – not just his skill (which you can see), but he’s completely freelance. No company/organization/government sponsors him, only donations from folks. In his photos, I see the hardships of life that I have never known. I see the death and damage to U.S. soldiers, that which is sanitized and hidden in the U.S. I see the starvation, the sickness, the suffering of people who, but for a short boat/car/plane ride, would be in a civilized land with medicine and food for all.
And he does it on peanuts.
Check out his site, it’s worth the visit. And chuck him a few bucks, if he touches your soul
Author’s Note: I was not paid for this – it’s just something I believe in.