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Photojournalism And Documentary Photography


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#1 carl4me

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Posted 23 May 2004 - 04:36 PM

Hi,
how do you describe photojournalism and documentary photography: what is the difference for you? And do this 2 disciplines have in common?
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#2 beneden

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Posted 17 June 2004 - 03:41 PM

Hi,

I struggle with this every day. I think that there's no consensus / clear definition allowing to distinguish from the two. (If you'd like to add to the confusion, try definining candid photography, reportage photography..)

Personally, I prefer to call myself a documentary photographer as it is, IMO, a broader term - I also write and work on complex projects. But many fine artists use the term photojournalist.

Ben

P.S. Just yesterday, when asked by a lab owner about what I did, I said "documentary". "Oh, paparazzi style" he grinned with understanding..



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