Photojournalism in 2013
How has the digital age affected photographers covering news and photo essay?
The digital age has seen significant changes to the way many things are done. It’s commonly assumed that digital capture has itself had a major impact on photography, but it’s wrong to assume that the end of 35mm film has been the main event.
In fact, photographers themselves are far more likely to have been affected by the way the digital age has altered the distribution of images and the sheer proliferation of images than the fact that they capture their images with a digital sensor rather than a frame of film.
Traditional photojournalists have seen dramatic changes. While there are still freelance and staff press photographers who are assigned to cover major news events on behalf of agencies like Getty, there are also now an infinite number of amateur photographers, simply because the number of people who have a camera with them on a regular or even constant basis has grown dramatically due to the rise of the smartphone.
As a result, it’s often now harder for photographers to earn a living as a dedicated photojournalist.
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