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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.

Margaret Bourke White Quote #1

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Margaret Bourke White image from the Great Depression

Utter truth is essential and that is what stirs me when I look through the camera.

Margaret Bourke-White – June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971

She was the first woman war correspondent who worked in combat zones, and the first woman photographer in Life magazine. She forged the way for the female photojournalists of today, and we have to admire her bravery, determination and talent.

Photo of Margaret Bourke White in 1935

Wide Angle View – Photojournalist Exhibit

Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international photo and multimedia journalists, curated by yours truly, Gina Genis, is currently on view at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. They have all won top honors in their field, including Pultizers and Emmys. This is the best of photojournalism from around the globe.

How do journalists decompress from the stress of being placed in war zones and natural disasters? What do they choose to photograph on their own time? Wide Angle View exhibits 120 photographs, placing five assignment images next to five personal images to show us the human behind the lens. Twenty one films, including Altered Oceans (Pulitzer) by Rick Loomis, and Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons (Pulitzer) by Ackerman Gruber can be viewed in our media room.

The opening reception on February 5, was a smashing success. Over 1,300 people attended. Rick Loomis, Sandy Huffaker, and Heidi Laughton, all exhibiting work were gracious meeting and answering questions from the crowd. Many other journalists planned on attending, but were sent on assignment to cover the upheaval in Egypt, the cyclone in Australia, or the Super Bowl.

The exhibit runs through March 26, so there is still time to come to OCCCA and see it. The catalog is available online at as a soft cover book or a pdf download.

Final Salute © Carolyn Cole/LA Times

Mexican Drug Tunnel © Sandy Huffaker

Beijing Olympics © Donald Miralle

“Wide Angle View promises to be a compelling exhibition, blurring the boundaries of photojournalists’ assignments and personal photographs. It is hard not to be consumed by the images and become drawn into each narrative, giving viewers the opportunity to experience a full spectrum of our humanity.” – Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator, Laguna Art Museum

Included in the exhibit are: Abir Abdullah, Ackerman Gruber, David Bathgate, Christopher Booker, Michael Robinson Chavez, Carolyn Cole, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Sandy Huffaker, Pierre Kattar, Omar Khalifa, Heidi Laughton, Rick Loomis, Benjamin Lowy, Donald Miralle, Hazel Thompson, and Tim Wimborne.

Wide Angle View at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, February 4 – March 26, 2011. Opening reception Feb 5, 2011, 6 – 10 pm. Free and open to the public.

117 N. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA  92701   Phone: 714 667-1517

Hours of operation: Thursday and Sunday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 12-9

For further information, contact Gina at

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