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Photojournalists Using Instagram

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Benjamin Lowy's iPhone image of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. © Benjamin Lowy/reportage by Getty Images

Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone image of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. © Benjamin Lowy/reportage by Getty Images

There’s a trend forming. Photojournalists are now using Instagram and their smart phones to report everything from deadly storms to war to professional sports.

This brings up many questions. Photojournalism has long been about integrity, honesty and clarity. Will the one-click editing filters and ability to manipulate the images make them less believable? Is our world so hungry for quick information that we are willing to sacrifice quality? Is the job of a photojournalist becoming extinct?

There’s an intriguing article in American Photo Magazine about this situation. It’s worth the read. Benjamin Lowy, one of the photojournalists I curated into my exhibit “Wide Angle View” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in 2011, uses an iPhone. He is giving a talk at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on April 18, 2012. I am going and am very interested in what he has to say about the drastic changes in visual reporting.

Our world is speeding faster than ever. We need to keep up, but at what cost? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote #1

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #1

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness”.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand – From the book: Earth from Above, 3rd Edition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #2

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #2
Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #3

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #3

Yann Arthus-Bertrand at work

Yann Arthus-Bertrand at work

Beaumont Newhall Quote About Arnold Newman’s Portraits

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

“The camera is a deceptive tool. With today’s technology mediocre results can be achieved automatically.

Unfortunately, mediocrity is all too often confused with success; we are too easily pleased. To push photography beyond the acceptable demands self-discipline and self-criticism on the part of the artist…..

Avoidance of the trite, the banal, the obvious demands visual imagination. Newman’s insistence upon the inclusion of his portraits of some vital aspect of the sitter’s environment goes far beyond obvious symbolism. Subtly, yet powerfully, he recreates the very world of the sitter….

There are photographers who impose their personalities upon the images they create to such an extent that the sitter becomes a model and not a person. Not so Newman, which may be the reason he dislikes fashion photography….”

Beaumont Newhall, From the foreword to the book One Mind’s Eye – The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston 1974

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. Photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso

Beaumont Newhall Quote About Arnold Newman’s Portraits

The camera is a deceptive tool. With today’s technology mediocre results can be achieved automatically. Unfortunately, mediocrity is all too often confused with success; we are too easily pleased. To push photography beyond the acceptable demands self-discipline and self-criticism on the part of the artist…..

Avoidance of the trite, the banal, the obvious demands visual imagination. Newman’s insistence upon the inclusion of his portraits of some vital aspect of the sitter’s environment goes far beyond obvious symbolism. Subtly, yet powerfully, he recreates the very world of the sitter….

There are photographers who impose their personalities upon the images they create to such an extent that the sitter becomes a model and not a person. Not so Newman, which may be the reason he dislikes fashion photography….

Beaumont Newhall, from the forward to the book One Mind’s Eye – The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston 1974

The book, One Mind’s Eye

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