The Risks of Photojournalism


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There are many photojournalists who put their lives on the line to capture major events happening around the world, from Robert Capa to Kevin Carter.

Robert Capa had lost his life on the 25th May 1954 after stepping on a landmine while he was capturing photographs, identifying the brutality of war.

Kevin Carter, who was also a photojournalist lost his life through suicide, as he was plagued by the horrors that he had witnessed throughout his short lived career. One of his most famous images that was taken by Carter is probably the image of The Vulture and the Little Girl. The image depicts a young girl wasting away, and behind her stands a vulture who is waiting for its next meal.

Photojournalists, take pictures of events or situations from all around the world for them to be published or broadcast in order to tell a news story. Some photo journalists even go so far as to put their lives on the line to relay information back to the rest of the world.

Another example of a photojournalist who got killed by doing his job is James Foley. Foley was 40 years of age when he had lost his life. He was targeted and executed by the Islamic state. James Foley usually reported instances from the front line, broadcasting the realities of war.

Everyday, journalists are out there risking their lives to shed some light on the brutality and misgivings of the world, if it were not for these individuals that are out there risking their lives we would not have as much information about what is going on around us as we do. A quote that supports this is “Photojournalism is hazardous. It’s not for the fainthearted or those unwilling to risk personal danger. Reporting what happens in the world puts photographers on the edge of constant disaster.” (1994, pp. 313)

There are people out there who are risking their lives every day and are not credited. Journalism in modern days has been viewed under a bad light due to instances such as the phone hacking scandal, but let us not forget about the individuals that are out there in the world, living on the brink of disaster, to keep us informed on the dark realities that surround us.

Other Sources: 

Chapnick, Howard. (1994, pp. 313) Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism: Chapter 22