Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The uncertain future of the professional photojournalist

You may well have already read this interesting article and in some ways even more interesting commentary. But just in case you missed it, take a look at Dan Gillmor's article The Decline (and Maybe Demise) of the Professional Photojournalist (article published under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.)

I think he's stated the obvious when it comes to on-the-spot news. However as others have pointed out, merely recording the moment does not equate to journalism. I certainly do not feel threatened by ubiquitous image recording devices as there will always be a market for a sensitively told story in pictures and words.

My prediction is that we will see a polarisation between on-the-spot recording of events and high quality photojournalism. There's a market for both.

Feel free to leave a comment here too.

Cheers,
Paul
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