Articles about "Photojournalism"

American photographer injured by shrapnel, other journalists hurt in Kiev protests

KyivPost Olga Rudenko reports that at least 40 journalists were injured during protests in Ukraine Sunday. Joseph Sywenkyj, an American photographer who works in Ukraine, was among them, a spokesperson for The New York Times confirms in an email to Poynter. Sywenkyj shoots for the Times among other outlets.

Sywenkyj "was injured with shrapnel," Danielle Rhoades Ha writes. "He received medical treatment and is out of the hospital." (more...)

Tips for Storytellers: How to make photos better

As a designer and editor, my projects have been made infinitely better because I’ve worked with stellar photojournalists. They’ve patiently schooled me on the importance of capturing the moment, finding the best light and thinking about composition. Here are a … Read more

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Why the Knoxville News Sentinel ran photos from a deadly bus crash

On Oct. 2, a bus heading to Statesville, N.C., collided with an SUV and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, killing eight people. The Knoxville News Sentinel ran photos from the accident on its Oct. 3 front page Read more

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Kenyan newspaper flipped bloody photo on front page

Charles Apple | Nairobi Wire
The CEO of Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya, apologized Sunday for a front page that showed a victim of this weekend's terror attack covered in blood, appearing to scream. The company also suspended its editorial director.

But that photo was flipped "to make it work better with the layout," Charles Apple notes.

"Journalists need to stop altering reality," Justin Best, who spotted the manipulation after seeing Reuters transmit the original, told Apple in an email.

Here's the front page (after the jump): (more...)

AP reissues Navy Yard photos that were in doubt

Associated Press
The Associated Press reissued two photos from Monday's Navy Yard shooting Thursday. The news co-op had pulled the photos Monday evening, saying it was "unable to confirm" that the images -- which showed several people attempting to help a man lying on the ground -- were directly related to the shootings.

"[W]e did not stop reporting," AP's director of photography Santiago Lyon said in a prepared statement.

AP reporter Matt Apuzzo, with assists from Ben Nuckols and Jessica Gresko, tells the story of how the man being helped, Vishnu Pandit, ended up on that corner in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C., on Monday. Pandit's coworker Bertillia Lavern and a security guard drove Pandit as far as the corner, where the guard asked police to bring an ambulance. James Birdsall, whose involvement in the photo was first reported by Poynter on Tuesday, tells the AP that he "knelt at Pandit's head while Lavern pumped at his chest." (more...)

Why newspaper photo cliches make for great Tumblrs

"I feel sorry for local news photographers," begins the About text on a blog dedicated to newspaper photos. That's understandable, given the heavy workload of the photographers lucky enough to have survived rounds of layoffs. The site says newspaper photographers are "hugely skilled and poorly paid." Again, no argument there. But then there's this: "[they're] sent out to photograph miserable people pointing at dog turds. Here, we celebrate their work." So begins the U.K.-based Angry people in local newspapers blog, one of a handful of websites that collect cliched shots from overworked photographers lacking job security. Similar sites in the genre include a U.K.-based Tumblr dedicated to Daily Mail photos of people "looking sad while holding, or standing close to, the thing that has made them feel sad." And, in the U.S., there's the more recent Tumblr from American journalist Jeremy Barr, "Local People With Their Arms Crossed." Barr's site sports the tagline: "The pose that says, 'Hey, look at me. I'm featured on the front of my local newspaper.'" He relies on the Newseum's daily display of front pages to source his examples, like this powerful crosser: Sites like Barr's offer an amusing look at the formulaic work that makes its way into publications large and small. But they also speak to the challenges of being a newspaper photographer today, according to Kenny Irby, a senior faculty member for visual journalism and director of community relations at Poynter. "There are so many 'people standing in front of things with their arms folded' photographs on the Web largely because the people being assigned to document those images have no time to get to know the individual in their stories, and are ill-equipped to explore the visual variety of the environment," Irby said. That lack of time to develop a rapport with a source and indulge in some creativity results in photograph-by-numbers work. Witness, for example, this from the "Angry people's" site's ever-growing collection of angry people pointing at things that made them angry enough to attract press coverage:   Over at Hear Me Wail, the sad people in the Daily Mail Tumblr, you'll encounter characters such as this hirsute barman pulling a tap of pent-up emotion: Or this somber woman presenting a Whopper: But their object-oriented emotion gets kicked up a notch over at "Angry people in local newspapers." The best of its offerings include a supremely peeved mother and her damaged car: Asked about his motivation for launching a photo-cliche site, Barr previously offered this comment to Poynter's Andrew Beaujon:
I love simple Tumblrs, and I think local newspapers are a national treasure in more ways than people realize. I was looking through front pages with another idea in mind and noticed this pose in a few papers around the country. It’s such a silly pose, and it connotes so much. So, I thought it might be fun to see if I could compile these poses. Fortunately there’s been a steady stream of them since I started this at the beginning of the month. I thought it was funny, and I hoped people would agree.
(Beaujon is also an aficionado of the arms-crossed pose, having exposed its use at the Washington Examiner back in 2011.) Irby isn't surprised at how easy it is for Barr and others to find material for their sites. “We are seeing so much unoriginal photographic coverage because we have so many beginners now making images and getting those images posted without an editor's vetting eye," he said. “Too few of the beginners discern the value of active, authentic, arresting photographic coverage, which is the result of a time-investment relationship that provides access.” The result is a very of-the-moment media cycle: a lack of time and resources leads to cliched photojournalism, which begets Tumblrs collecting and celebrating said cliched shots. That makes this photo a glorious cliche-bomb of the genre -- it features angry/sad people, the object of their anger/sadness and a double arm-crossing all in one: Correction: This post originally and incorrectly described the Angry people in local newspapers blog as a Tumblr. It's hosted on Blogger.

Creators of documentary that highlights photojournalism in Afghanistan raises more than $70,000

Kickstarter | Medium
Frame By Frame, a documentary that originated as a Kickstarter project, aimed to raise $40,000 by Aug. 28. As of today, it has raised $70,301.

The documentary, which started production last year, follows four Afghans who talk about how photojournalism in Afghanistan has changed throughout the years, and where it's headed. The Frame by Frame Kickstarter page explains:

In 1996, the Taliban banned photography in Afghanistan. Taking a photo was considered a crime. When the regime was removed from Kabul in 2001, their suppression of free speech and press disappeared. Since then, photography has become an outlet for Afghans determined to show the hidden stories of their country.
The money will enable creators Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach to return to Kabul this fall and finish producing the documentary.

On Medium, Emily Holdman talked with Scarpelli about the documentary and how Afghans have become more open to photojournalism in recent years: (more...)

D.A. says cop lied about arrest of photographer

The New York Times
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson says New York City Police Officer Michael Ackermann fabricated his rationale for arresting New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik, Russ Buettner reports.

Stolarik was on assignment, covering an arrest last August, when he was arrested; the police ordered him to stop. They handcuffed Stolarik, who said they dragged him to the ground and kicked him in the back. The police said Stolarik hit an officer in the face with his camera and “violently resisted being handcuffed."

Ackermann claimed Stolarik "interfered with an arrest last year of a teenage girl by repeatedly discharging his camera’s flash in Officer Ackermann’s face," Buettner writes.
But the officer’s account unraveled after the office of Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, examined photographic evidence and determined that the photographer, Robert Stolarik, did not use a flash and did not have one on his camera at the time.
Ackermann was charged with three felony and five misdemeanor counts of misconduct and filing false records.

Previously: New York Times photographer arrested while covering arrest | NY photojournalist gets cameras back after arrest, but not press credentials | Press credentials don’t help journalists covering Occupy protests in New York, LA

Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

New York Times Lens Blog
While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott "started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram," James Estrin writes. "That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off."

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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Photographer gives himself ‘one percent’ of the credit for Usain Bolt lightning shot

AFP | Yahoo "I was thinking more along the lines of an enduring feature photograph, rather than your typical news shot," AFP photographer Olivier Morin writes about his -- sorry -- striking picture of Usain Bolt crushing his closest competitor in the 100-meter final in Moscow Sunday.
Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP