On Them, Us and We (Briefly)

Slate has posted a short video from a panel discussing the late photojournalist, Chris Hondros. It’s a little under six minutes and in now way is enough about him or his work, but this one quote from Hondros stuck out:

We place these layers of culture and ethnicity on ourselves and it really doesn’t mean that much compared to the human experience.

As I get ready for the fall semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about the framework I’d like to work within, understanding and expounding upon the idea that photojournalism is just a tool and a platform, that it’s what you do with this tool and from this platform that matters.

I’m not there yet, but I’m close …

(Thanks to Sara D. Caldwell for the link.)

Mark E. Johnson

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