Will Photojournalism Survive Instagram?

That’s the question Mother Jones’ Jeremy Lybarger tries to answer in an interview with Fred Ritchin.

I’m afraid he never really answers it but Richtin, one of the great photography theorists of our time, doesn’t seem to think so.

An excerpt:

There is enormous need for professionals who know how to tell stories with narrative punch and nuance, who can work proactively and not just reactively, and whose approach is multi-faceted. We need more “useful photographers.” Given today’s budgets for journalism, my guess is that quite a few photographers will be fired in the near future. But I certainly hope that many visual journalists will be hired or funded along the way as well—we urgently need their perspectives.

Mark E. Johnson

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