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The History of Photojournalism
Transcript of The History of Photojournalism
The History of Photojournalism
Photojournalism is a form of
journalism that creates images in order to tell a news story.
Famous People of Photojournalism
Margaret Bourke-White: She became one of a stalwart group of women correspondents who covered the war from the front lines.
Ken Regan: A photojournalist whose reputation for discretion earned him a backstage pass to the private realms of rock ’n’ roll stars and other celebrities
Philip Jones Griffiths: Is best known for his portrayal of the Vietnam War through his pictures.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Is known as the father of modern photojournalism.He often spent hours on various streets, capturing life as he saw it, which became known as street photography.
Robert Doisneau: is a well-known French photographer. He is well known for snapping ironic images.
Timeline of Photojournalism
The Golden Age of Photojournalism
In the "golden age" of photojournalism (1930s-1960s) some newspapers and magazines built their huge readerships and reputations largely on their use of photography, and photographers such as Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White and W. Eugene Smith became well-known names.
What is a photojournalist?
A photojournalist is a reporter that makes decisions instantly and carry a camera, tripod, etc...
Life magazine was one of the biggest magazines
during this time period.
-ancient times: Camera obscuras used to form images on walls in darkened rooms; image formation via a pinhole
-16th century: Brightness and clarity of camera obscuras improved by enlarging the hole inserting a telescope lens
-17th century: Camera obscuras in frequent use by artists and made portable in the form of sedan chairs
-1800: Thomas Wedgwood makes "sun pictures" by placing opaque objects on leather treated with silver nitrate; resulting images deteriorated rapidly, however, if displayed under light stronger than from candles.
-1900: Kodak Brownie box roll-film camera introduced.
-1931: Development of strobe photography by Harold ("Doc") Edgerton at MIT
-World War II:Development of multi-layer color negative films, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Carl Mydans, and W. Eugene Smith cover the war for LIFE magazine
-2000: Camera phone introduced in Japan by Sharp/J-Phone
-2005: Canon EOS 5D, first consumer-priced full-frame digital SLR, with a 24x36mm CMOS sensor for $3000