The Camera as Tool

Over on Transom.org is a piece by Mexican photojournalism Julîan Cardona that’s a must read for anyone starting out or those who need a reminder of why we do this.

A photojournalist like myself is an oddity because suddenly, as if from nowhere, he appears in the lives of these people. The impression that remains from those brief encounters, ones that sometimes only last minutes, is a photograph. And a good photograph is not simply a good photograph to me — it is a record of an intense personal experience.

Many good reminders of how we need to respect those we cover because their stories are there’s, not ours.

(Thanks to Patricia Miranda for the link.)

Mark E. Johnson

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