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Fred Ritchin on Iran as a turning point for PJ

http://www.pixelpress.org/afterphotography/?p=730 (edit – oops forgot the link!)

“Readers of these photographs can no longer be treated as if they are simpletons (in fact they may often know more about what is going on than mass media editors), nor can events be reduced to the equivalent of sporting matches with clear winners and loners. The pictures from Iran, and from elsewhere throughout the world, can no longer be simplified to the point where their multiple meanings are rendered irrelevant or considered too taxing to contemplate.”

“It’s this current work by Iranian amateurs that has highlighted the power of photography not only as witness, but also as interlocutor. Photography answers, providing information, but just as importantly it asks questions. Photographers, professional or amateur, have never known all that can be known about the situations they photograph. "

Pretty short but really interesting and IMHO spot-on breakdown on the significance of the events in Iran for photojournalism – the coming together of professional practice and the masses of visual information available through citizen (photo)journalism, by Fred Rtichin. It’s in this combination of the ‘authority’ and reliability of professional journalism and the open-source nature of citizen journalism, powered by social networks, especially Twitter (which proved its robust nature over the last few weeks), that we can seek a future for critical, analytical visual journalism.


ABC (Australia)‘s Online coverage of the Iranian elections started to head in this direction, I think quite successfully, bringing together Twitter, Flickr and Youtube feeds onto one page on ABC Online’s site. Here we see the open-source nature of citizen journalism being lightly edited and effectively ‘stamped’ with the authority of ABC’s strong tradition of reputable journalism. Interesting the difference the collation of these feeds by a reputable media source makes, eh?

So, if this is (one) first step towards online, interactive, multimedia and open-source visual coverage of these events, what else can we do?

by Ed Giles at 2009-06-29 06:07:44 UTC Sydney , Australia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

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