Almost every photographer you see these days claims a photojournalistic style to their work. Be it wedding or event photographers already in the business or amateurs trying to get their work out there. It makes perfect sense though, because this style of photography really is taking off, and has become hugely popular, especially when it comes to weddings it seems. But what does this actually mean?
Well a quick google search revealed that “photojournalists consider themselves to be photo story tellers”
and “Photojournalism seeks to capture raw emotion in an un-posed, natural setting,”
This really then should give an unbiased and accurate representation of the scene one is shooting?
But does this mean that a photographer with no ability to pose shots is then by default adopting a photojournalistic style by walking around snapping photos of subjects going about their activities at the event or function they are shooting?
I fully agree that this form of photography is extremely attractive because real emotion can not be posed, and emotion needs to be portrayed in photography. There is no sound and no motion in a picture. These elements need to be incorporated into a single shot to get the best understanding of what is actually going on. Photojournalism really means unposed to me, because the amount of emotion one conveys can never be portrayed through a posed photograph. One can get pretty close with the right model or subject, but in essence that would technically be called acting. So in order to get that raw unfiltered emotion into a moment on paper, that moment needs to be captured as it happens.
I am by no means saying that photographers that consider their style photojournalistic have no skill though! Don’t get me wrong! It takes a good deal of skill, timing, and patience to get the shot. And all photography “rules” regarding aesthetics must still be applied. One simply cannot walk around with a camera taking random shots of people laughing and call that photojournalism. It is more then just unposed.
Here are a few more shots from an event I was shooting. My aim was to capture mood and emotion, to shoot while no one was looking. I wanted to get that look you can only get when one is unaware they are getting their photos taken. Are they photojournalistic or merely unposed portraits? I am not sure. Is there a line between the two? Maybe there is but that line is slowly getting blurred and that’s a good thing in my eyes.
What are your views? Leave me a comment on what you think, either about my photos in this article, the article as a whole or what photojournalism/Photojournalistic style means to you!