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Photojournalism not photography

“I won’t ever know if there is a link between my child’s developmental problems and the flame retardants or the baby bottles, but these stories make me want to throttle someone. I can’t throttle a corporation, even though it’s supposedly a person, but I want to anyway. People who know me know that I’m a pretty peaceful guy. But this kind of stuff inflames my protective instincts.

 

All this is a good kick-in-the-pants reminder for myself about why I got into photojournalism. 

Like many other photojournalists, we didn’t do so to shoot Instagrams, to win photo contests or find an outlet for our photographic vision or aesthetic impulses. There is a place for some of these things. But it’s too easy to get distracted by the art of photography and forget the journalism in photojournalism.”

 Alex Garcia
Chicago Tribune
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