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Photojournalism

In this blog I’ll talk about Photography as the means to capture the world events in a way so the pictures itself to make people think about them. To convey a message and to captivate with meaning! It s an amazing feeling to explore the world with a camera in your hands. You want to see more and more everyday and after that you want to see everything. You are getting addicted. No boundaries, no limits.

Searching through the web I found an agency named “Magnum” with photographers who are brilliant at it. Many of the their pictures have became icons trough out the years, attributing to the almost heroic status of Magnum. Every single one of them has a great story behind. In 1947 Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymor founded this agency, one of the most most charismatic agencies of photojournalism in history. The project was born made of photographers for photographers, leaving behind the consumer format fed by other agencies and magazines, coming closet to and enhancing the art of each individual as a photographer. For more than six decades this form allowed many photographers to be closer to the world, telling us a story in an image.

some of them:

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Tianamen Square by Stuart FranklinRobert Capa, D-Day shot

A hunger strike by 3,000 students in Beijing had grown to a protest of more than a million as the injustices of a nation cried for reform. For seven weeks the people and the People’s Republic, in the person of soldiers dispatched by a riven Communist Party, warily eyed each other as the world waited. When this young man simply would not move, standing with his meager bags before a line of tanks, a hero was born. A second hero emerged as the tank driver refused to crush the man, and instead drove his killing machine around him. Soon this dream would end, and blood would fill Tiananmen. But this picture had shown a billion Chinese that there is hope.

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STEVE MCCURRY Afghan Girl [1984] Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school, her parents had been killed and she was living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. The girl’s haunted, intense eyes, which seemed to symbolize the suffering of the Afghan people, made this picture internationally famous. McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She made it on the cover of National Geographic, her identity was discovered in 1992.

Steve McCurry is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest photojournalists and a master of using light and colour. Much of his work records and celebrates cultural diversity in our rapidly changing world. He has been both a member of the Magnum agency and a senior contributor to National Geographic magazine for many years. I chose some more examples of his photography.


The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.

The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.

Photographer: Carol Guzy
Source: washingtonpost.com

The photo is part of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) showing how a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo. (The grandparents had just crossed the border at Morina). The relatives who just arrived had to stay outside the camp until shelter was available. The next day members of the family had tents inside. The fence was the scene of many reunions. When the peace agreement was signed, they returned to Prizren to find their homes only mildly damaged. There were tears of joy and sadness from the family as the children were passed through the fence, symbolic of the innocence and horror of the conflict.

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