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Category Archives: Photojournalism

New Grant in Tim Hetherington’s Memory

To honor the life and work of the late Tim Hetherington, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo have established an annual visual journalism award focusing on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today….
“This award is a tribute to Tim Hetherington’s extraordinary talent for bringing human rights stories into vivid focus,” said Carroll Bogert, deputy [...]

After, and Before

The BBC is utilizing Google Streetviews to give us an instant before-and-after history, demonstrating the physical damage caused by the current London riots on the cityscape. The photograph is no longer seen alone, which makes the results of the rioting all the more visible, sudden, and devastating.

On War

Newsweek magazine recently published Tim Hetherington’s last photos from Libya with a very fine short text by James Welford. He quotes correspondence between Tim and Stephen Mayes: “Photography is great at representing the hardware of the war machine,”  [Hetherington] told his good friend and writer Stephen Mayes, a month before he died. “But the truth [...]

Choosing the Invisible

The refusal to release photographs or videos of the corpse of Osama bin Laden brings the Image War to another level. It forces us as individuals to imagine bin Laden’s demise, and in doing so we are thrown back upon our own thoughts and emotions. There is no spectacular imagery for society to rally around, [...]

Which Images Should We Be Looking At?


With all of the protests in the Middle East, we are now being offered a large number of images that we can select from to try and understand what is going on. But few, if any, become emblematic. While there is something to be said for quantity, does it really help us to comprehend, or [...]

“On the Line”

Another piece on war, On the Line shows the devastating toll on returning American soldiers. Just published on the VII magazine site, photographer Ashley Gilbertson’s images of exhausted, emotionally taxed phone operators are overlaid with a soundtrack of their voices as they try over and over again to coax veteran soldiers to resist suicide or [...]

A Future for Journalism Schools?

How long can journalism schools keep feeding students into an industry that is staggering? Well, the University of Colorado at Boulder announced today that it will start the process of “program discontinuance” for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Another university committee, according to an AP report, will look into what a new “information [...]

Inconvenient Truths

The recent decision by Current TV to go after photographer Ken Light in a higher court is quite extraordinary. Ken had been awarded $588 by small claims court because Al Gore’s Current TV had used a 1994 photograph by Ken without either crediting or paying him, linking to it on the New Yorker site. Then [...]

On Photography and War

Five years ago today there was a very heartfelt discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on photography and war, comparing the conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq. The panel included photographers David Leeson, Catherine Leroy and Don McCullin, television correspondent Mike Cerre and journalist Jonathan Schell, and was put together by Ken Light and moderated [...]

The Pulitzer: Plus ca change…

Given the extraordinary turmoil in the field of photojournalism, it is perhaps a bit odd that the Pulitzer Prize given to the best “breaking news” photograph of the year is one that we have become so accustomed to–the brave male fireman/construction worker rescuing an individual (often female). For example, the 1997 winner, by Annie Wells, [...]