Agency boss bemoans decline of photojournalism

An agency boss has bemoaned the decline of photojournalism in a column for the Editorial Photographers UK website.

Neil Burgess, the former head of Network Photographers, Magnum Photos in New York and Magnum London, now runs his own agency, NB Pictures.

“Magazines and Newspapers “no longer fund photojournalism,” he said.

There are some things which look very like photojournalism, but scratch the surface and you’ll find they were produced with the aid of a grant, were commissioned by an NGO, or that they were a self-financed project, a book extract, or a preview of an exhibition…

“This is not just a UK problem. Look at Time and Newsweek, they are a joke… Even though they have some great names in photojournalism on their mastheads, when did you last see a photo-essay of any significance in these news magazines?”

While there is plenty of business for photographers covering sports and fashion, Burgess asks: “What about the guys who produce stories, who cover issues rather than events? Newspapers and magazines don’t employ them anymore.”

(Source: EPUK)

This article appears in issue 246 of Media Digest.

Image taken by Flickr user naixn, licenced under Creative Commons.

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