End of Photojournalism

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Brett Abbott, associate curator in the Getty’s department of photographs, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times article by Leah Ollman, When it paid to photograph hard truth:

Also, viewing an extensive essay on screen is not the same as making one’s way through the pages of a book or magazine.

“Internet viewing is mostly a scanning experience, rather than being enveloped,” Abbott says. “A lot of these projects are so dependent on nuance and context, I don’t know how this will translate to the Internet. I don’t know if it can be translated without new strategies.”

As Edward Tenner points out: “That’s what some people are saying about text, too.” Again, what is at stake here is the narrative. Photojournalism at its core is about the art of the story—where the photographer is given the freedom to capture the intimate particulars of an event in order to evidence a universal truth of the human condition. The magazine spread or folio book are still the best way for someone to experience these collection of images. But, I do think the internet will offer the opportunity to explore other methods of presenting the story when we stop thinking of the web as a series of linked pages and more as interconnected but absolute experiences.

via The Atlantic