I’m coming late to this story; but it’s a story worth shouting from the rooftops: journalistic photography is dying. Dying from indifference. The genius of the iconic French newspaper, Libération, to print a daily edition entirely without accompanying editorial photographs is a powerful reminder of the importance of photography in helping us understand and interpret the world around us. The blank spaces make us feel uncomfortable – and so they should. A portent of things to come if the media industry keeps up its relentless crusade to make everything ‘cost-effective’ at the expense of effective journalism. Kudos to Libération for breaking rank and highlighting this insidious undermining of this most precious of professions. Please click on the link below for the full story.
Every year, just down the road from where I live in Belgium, grown men and women dress up and play soldiers in a field outside the town of Waterloo. The Battle of Waterloo reenactment is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants and observers from France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Poland and Russia. It’s quite a sight. A photographer’s paradise in fact. The first panoramic photograph (posted below) looks orchestrated and art directed – but it isn’t. I couldn’t believe my good fortune when I spotted this group of off-duty warriors just sitting in their tent awaiting orders. It looked exactly like an 19th century military painting. Click. Camera: iPhone. Post: Photos apps/photoshop.