This is a post from the Ed Kashi site that has received a lot of attention.
Ed was asked recently by Whitney Johnson at the New Yorker magazine how he defined photojournalism today. Below is his response, illustrated with examples that highlight the 3 distinct parts of Ed’s definition.
PART I: Photojournalism is a unique and powerful form of visual storytelling originally created for print magazines and newspapers but has now morphed into multimedia and even documentary filmmaking. Through the internet, apps and the mobile device explosion, photojournalism can now reach audiences never before imagined with immediate impact, while continuing to write our visual history and form our collective memories.
In recent years, Stephen Ferry, self proclaimed “non-fiction photographer,” was the recipient of the Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundations for his body of work “Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.” The photo essay is being made manifest in a book release (2012, Umbrage Editions), exhibitions, booklets, a video and a blog. The work is an exquisite example of photojournalism and the multi-platform approach that is being utilized today. Read more on Ed’s site.