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  1. 1. PHOTOJOURNALISM Chisinow – 28 of November, 2010
  2. 2. PARTICULARITY  Photo + Journalism : Take a picture in order to report an event or to tell a story  Differences with other photography (artistic and documentary ones) :  Timeliness/well-timed : The image makes sense in the context of an event, in our time  Narrative : It shows facts relatable to a particular event and subject  Obejectivity : As a journalist, the photojournalist shows a fair representation of reality. To moderate ?
  3. 3. DIFFERENT KIND OF PHOTOJOURNALISM  War photography  Illustration photography For agencies (AFP, Reuters…). Often only one at the end  "Investigative reports"  "Geo","Nature" reports. Often landscapes, nice pictures to let you escape Photojournalisme is often linked to war photography, but that’s not all
  4. 4. CAPTION  Goal: Report what may be ambigious in the photography  Tell another thing than the only picture  A good caption should include « the 5W’s rule » (Who, where, when, what, why). Exceptions
  5. 5. Bad caption : A curly hair guy, shooting a wall. Better caption : Peo Gaumin, participant of Chisinow photo workshop, shooting an abandonned building of Chisinau. On 7th November, the theme of the workshop was « Architecture ».
  6. 6. RULES  Artistic/compositions rules  Tell the truth, don’t modify your pictures  Don’t invente informations in your caption  If there is an ambiguity in your picture, undo it in the caption  Talk to the person you shoot, quote him in the caption  Do not put two times the same subject/picure in the same report  Prepare your work : at least, think about some of the pictures you need for your report. If you have time, start going at the place you’ll do your report without camera, to speak with people in a more confortable way  But after all, rules are sometimes here to be forget, originality can make a report good
  7. 7. WHICH SUBJECT DO I CHOOSE ?  If you want your photoreport to be published, choose someting actual  An event  Find an "excuse" to make it actual  Without this obligation, everyting is a subject  A place  A person  A working occupation  …
  8. 8. INTERNET POSSIBILITIES  Photographers are not limited to magazines no more  Huge reports with 50 pictures or more  Big pictures on the all screen  Easy to edit yourself, making a blog/flickr/picasa album  Web documentary  Pictures with sounds, videos, texts… New possibilities
  9. 9. LET’S WATCH SOME REPORTS Elections in Burma : Women at War : Bangkok : la vie sous l’autoroute :,1,279,1
  10. 10. BIBLIOGRAPHIE  A Brief History of Photography and Photojournalism :  Reports about Moldova and Transnistria:  A photojournalist approach to writing your caption :  Some webdocumentaries:  Interesting websites: Short film “One hundred of a second” (in Russian : ) War Photographer, a film by Christian Frei et James Nachtwey, 2001, 96‘.
  11. 11. SUMMARY FOR TODAY REPORT  Think about the global report  Choose different kind of pictures  Some billboards/campaing posters  A portrait of a voter  A portrait of a non-voter  A polling station (post office)  People entering a polling station  Buildings of political parties  Events organised by political parties  … (there are hundreds of subjects  )  Take some notes, if you need, to make better captions