Sunday, 25 January 2009

Is photojournalism for you?

If you are a photojournalist should you help those in need? I hope the answer is yes, but what can you do if you are photographing a war or a famine. Should we expect BBC journalists to get involved? In today's papers the BBC is criticised for not broadcasting an appeal for a Gaza charity. The BBC say it would damage its impartiality but if people are in need shouldn't the BBC help?

You may have heard the song Kevin Carter by the Manic Street Preachers. He was a photojournalist who took a famous photo that won the Pulitzer prize of a starving toddler in the Sudan. He also took photos in 1994 of three white Afrikaaners who were shot and killed by the side of their car. A few months later he committed suicide. Now I am sure that there are lots of photojournalists who are fairly stable people who would not commit suicide, but there are lots of atrocities going on in the world. I am sure that we would all be moved much more if we were a few yards away for example, from horrific murders.

Happy snapping?

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