Nieman Reports

Summer 1998

Photojournalism Dead? It's Just Changing With the Times

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In the next 50 pages Nieman Reports take stock of photojournalism today. While problems are noted, the report is positive. The articles and the photo essays by 10 Nieman Fellows demonstrate the special value of pictures to news. As noted photographer Edward Steichen summed it up at the dinner celebrating his 90th birthday in 1969: “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is no mean function.”

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Photojournalism

Summer 1998: Photojournalism Introduction

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

It's Just Changing With the Times In the next 50 pages Nieman Reports take stock of photojournalism today. While problems are noted, the report is positive. The articles and the photo essays by 10 Nieman Fellows demonstrate the special value of pictures to news. As noted photographer Edward Steichen summed it up at the dinner celebrating his 90th birthday in 1969: “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is no mean function.” Read more

AP’s Policy Banning Photo Manipulation

Photojournalism June 15, 1998

In 1990, as The Associated Press made its transition to digital processing of its images, Vincent Alabiso, Executive Photo Editor, released its unequivocal internal policy regarding photo manipulation. “The straightforward guidelines must be met by AP’s wordwide staff,” he wrote. Read more

Hard Times Abroad

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

Time magazine sent Chris Morris to Albania last summer to get pictures of the election there. Everything worked out fine, they had the page all set and laid out. At the last moment, the editors pulled the article, opting instead … Read more

Trials With Editors

Photojournalism June 15, 1998

Stan Grossfeld, a 1992 Nieman Fellow, has an enviable job as a photojournalist. An Associate Editor of The Boston Globe, he is free to go wherever his creative instincts lead him—and they have led him all over the world. The … Read more

Roy DeCarava Retrospective

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

“Bill & Son, 1962,” from ”Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective.” Roy DeCarava doesn’t occupy a space, he blends with it. But to say that his approach to photography is stealth-like is to attribute to him a potential … Read more

Honest Emotion

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Herald. Emotion is the language of documentary photography. Without it, a picture has little value, except possibly as evidence in court. Most of us look for a different kind of evidence: evidence of … Read more

Interaction

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

Mary Beth Meehan/The Providence Journal-Bulletin. As a documentary photographer, I am most interested in using the medium to describe the relationships that people have—with their environment, with each other. I’m fascinated by the ways that we … Read more

People Without People

By Photojournalism June 15, 1998

Alan Berner/The Seattle Times. What is “People Without People?” For me it is the sense of people without them being there. It’s the part representing the whole. It’s the significant detail giving instant insight into the … Read more

Photo Essays

Micha Bar-Am

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

These photographs are from “Israel: A Photobiography, The First Fifty Years,” by Micha Bar-Am, a 1986 Nieman Fellow (Simon & Schuster, 1998). The photos shown, all © Micha Bar-Am/Magnum, are taken from the chapter, “Daily Bread.” … Read more

Stanley Forman

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

I was on vacation from my job at WCVB-TV Boston in September 1986 and had spent the early evening playing cards. At 11:30 I quit to pick up a friend RELATED ARTICLE“The Best Picture I … Read more

Stan Grossfeld

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

RELATED ARTICLE“The Best Picture I Never Took”– Stan GrossfeldIt’s a familiar refrain: kids having kids. There’s an unexpected twist here, however. Christina and Allan “are white kids in a nice town,” says Holly Mangum, the couple’s midwife in … Read more

Michele McDonald

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

Alabanians show reports of beatings by Serbs in Kosovo. These photos were taken in August, 1993 in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo for The Boston Globe. Reporter Sally Jacobs and I were sent from Boston to do stories … Read more

Steve Northup

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

These pictures were made in November of l972, about the time Nixon was getting re-elected. The Indians, marching as part of the American Indian Movement, went to Washington and simply took over the Bureau of Indian Affairs … Read more

Eli Reed

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

A girl poses at the Benaco refugee camp, Tanzania, 1994. The Benaco refugee camp was set up in Tanzania in late April or early May of 1994, one of the first settled by Rwandans fleeing the brutal … Read more

Nancy Rhoda

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

The simplest outing can turn into a nightmare for Alice Williams. Her son Joey’s fantasy life takes over as he demands a haircut like that of the Statue of Liberty. His mother tries to refocus his … Read more

Lester Sloan

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

These photos are of men who attended the Million Man March on Washington in 1995. The event was defined by the media in terms of numbers, but to me it was as much about individuals and singular acts of rededication … Read more

David Turnley

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

© David Turnley/Black Star, “In Times of War & Peace,” 1996 RELATED ARTICLE“The Best Picture I Never Took”– David TurnleyIn his introduction to “In Times Of War And Peace,” a book of photographs by … Read more

Frank Van Riper

Photo Essays June 15, 1998

RELATED ARTICLE“The Best Picture I Never Took”– Frank Van RiperIn combining my talents as both a writer and photographer I am doing something unusual and, I think, important in the field of documentary photography. Though … Read more

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A photographers’ poker game, circa 1950. Clockwise from left: Gjon Mili, Dmitri Kessel, Robert Capa, Pepi Martis, Philippe Halsman and Cornell Capa. © Yvonne Halsman

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