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 Visual Journalism 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

Visual Journalism 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 Visual Journalism 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

Visual Journalism 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

Interaction

By Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

People Without People

By Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Photo Essays

Micha Bar-Am

Visual Journalism 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

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Stan Grossfeld

Visual Journalism 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, … Read more

Michele McDonald

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Steve Northup

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Eli Reed

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Nancy Rhoda

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Lester Sloan

Visual Journalism 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

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Frank Van Riper

Visual Journalism 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 … Read more

Watchdog Journalism

CNN’s Tightened Check On News Breaks

By Watchdog June 15, 1998

A news organization that parrots somebody else’s reporting has to feel as badly, if not more badly, when the original report is wrong than the originating news organization. There are news organizations that say “well, gee, yeah, we did pick … 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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