Key concepts of photojournalism

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Photojournalism - an introduction of key concepts
The University of Winchester Photojournalism: Qualities of the image: Advanced Visual language By Karin Stowe The Photojournalism image must convey meaning to an audience. The Attributes within a photojournalism image are: 1) Emotional content i.e. does the image make an audience respond to the imagery emotional and cause a personal reaction. 2) Relative context i.e. does the image carry icons, visuals or recognisable attributes that an audience can relate to and deconstruct and understand. Cornell Capa whose existentialism beliefs reflected Ernest Hemingway’s own ideals, Capa predominantly a war photographer but has been subject to controversial attacks on his work. Some saying death scenes from the Spanish civil war may gain greater impact. Thus again throwing into questions what is shown and believed. 3) Create Empathy and Create In Quizzical thoughts and emotions. An image that corresponds a specific moment in history i.e. dying creates an emotion in an audience that they relate to and can compare their experiences to. Thus making them react to the image, thus manipulating them. Robert Haeberle “people about to be shot 1969”, taking during the “My Lai” massacre where families were killed by US troops. The photographer caught the moment before the deaths of the villages, women, children and the old. The greatest dichotomy for the photographer who is part of the killing but by using his camera to shoot the moment before the moment is shot, are they helping others or should they help those actually there at the moment? Some would say this work puts all other use of the camera into perspective, a medium for exacting truth, and informing that. 4) Shock and Expectation. The strongest visual language, will linger in the thoughts of the audience. The image that creates shock and outrage create the greatest reactions. The moment before death, grieving fear, and injustice generate anger, empathy and desire to make a change or understand in an audience. 5) The Voyeur image. Photojournalism images that record they events of the everyday, but seem as if they are showing the audience a moment in time or event that is secretive or seems like a investgive photograph.

4) Shock and Expectation. The strongest visual language, will linger in the thoughts of the audience. The image that creates shock and outrage create the greatest reactions. The moment before death, grieving fear, and injustice generate anger, empathy and desire to make a change or understand in an audience. 5) The Voyeur image. Photojournalism images that record they events of the everyday, but seem as if they are showing the audience a moment in time or event that is secretive or seems like a investgive photograph. 6) The Surreal Photo-essay document. The photographs that capture the surreal worlds, individuals and events that the general audience does not have contact with. Thus stimulating interest via the safety of the image. A form of visual investigation so that minorities and socially deemed alternatives reach wider audiences.

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