”I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.”
- James Nachtwey
Photographers often capture nouns. It’s the whole reason for the image, right? Photojournalism is all about the verbs. They have just seconds to capture key elements of events, to tell that story. Photojournalism gives us newsworthy photographs wherein the primary motivation is to recount
a story. The photographer will not disturb the natural events of the scene (such as posing their subjects or asking them to reenact the scene).
In the real world, the photographs are accompanied by at least two sentences that tell the ’who, what, when, where and why’
of the image. These sentences are known as captions or cutlines. They inform the reader of what’s going on with the image. Captions deserve their own journal.
Accuracy of the image is vital to photojournalism. Journalists are ethically bound to not change anything about the story – no cloning out of unsightly poles, adding elements to the scene, or even removing blemishes. If it happened, it happened. At most, they can do basic editing such as correcting white-balance, slight sharpening, a push on the saturation, etc. Photojournalism isn’t fine art, it’s not the photographer’s job to make anyone look pretty.
CONCERTS & MUSICIANSPhotographs documenting concerts, audience, and the life and careers of musicians and artists.
DOCUMENTARY & EDITORIALPhotographs used to chronicle significant & historical events in a truthful and objective manner.
MILITARYPhotographs of military personnel, equipment, or other related images that document the armed forces around the world.
NATURAL EVENTSPhotographs covering natural events and/or the results of such occurrences.
OTHERPhotojournalism photography that does not fit into any of the other categories.
PEOPLEPhotographs documenting people in a newsworthy setting, where the focus is telling a story in strictly journalistic terms. This category is often used for lifestyle journalism, depicting scenes of everyday life.
PERFORMING ARTSPhotographs documenting the forms of creative activity that are performed live, such as drama, music and dance.
PLACESNewsworthy photographs in which the location or setting is the main focus. One example is Stamatis' photo of the fire raging in Athens. It is a good landscape view of the city yet tells the story of what happened. This is the difference between other ordinary APN (Animal Plants and Nature) pictures.
POLITICALPhotographs depicting political events. Communicating some kind of political message, or depicting people trying to make a change.
PUBLIC GATHERINGS AND EVENTSPhotographs documenting public events (such as rallies, riots, marches, protests) in a newsworthy setting and in strictly journalistic terms.
SPORTSPhotographs documenting sporting events, their locations, the equipment, or the athletes in the wide world of sports.
WEDDINGSPhotographs documenting a wedding or the reception in strictly journalistic terms. Candid images of the bride getting ready or the groomsmen joking around; these images are not
posed portrait photographs.
PJ often works in the realm of controversy. If you’ve received any unsettling comments or notes because your image was selected as a DD, shoot me a note and I’ll do my best to settle the issue.
SUGGESTING A PJ DD
Ask yourself this: Is it a newsworthy image? Is it something you would see in a local or national paper? If yes, keep going!
Ensure they haven't had a DD within the past 6 months.
Just hit the "Note" button on my profile page, put DD Suggestion
in the subject, and include the thumb code along with the reason why you think the deviant deserves a Daily Deviation. Please keep 1 suggestion per note.
encourage that suggested images have some sort of information relating to the picture in the artist's comments (description of event, date, location, name(s) of subjects if applicable, etc).
Don't hesitate to self-promote!