“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.… Read more