Photo Journalist

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KEY SKILLS

  • Detail-Oriented

  • Compose

  • Aesthetics

  • Work under pressure

  • Communication

  • Flexible

  • Perseverance

  • Curious

  • Editing 

  • Observant 

  • Marketing

  • Accomodating

  • Bold

PROS

  • Access to work from any corner of the world 

  • This is a career that inspires creativity

  • The advancement of digital technology is making it easier to be a professional 

  • As a photographer you have the liberty to choose freelancing 

  • There are endless opportunities 

  • You see the quaintest corners of the world 

CONS

  • Exposure to fields apart from still photography is becoming necessary 

  • Irregular hours

  • Expect out-of-pocket costs anually to keep up with the quickly advancing camera technology

  • The reality of the world could baffle you 

  • It is not a very well paying job 

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Magazines

  • Companies

  • Freelancer

  • Agencies

  • Media House

  • Newspapers

  • Documentary making

  • You have a passion for clicking pictures and you also love journalism

  • You are skilled at interpreting and communicating an event through photographs

  • You should have an extensive portfolio of your work as it is important while seeking employment

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Interesting Facts about the career


  • Robert Capa - This photojournalist is best known for his war coverage. Capa was keen to get up close and personal with the action, though this ultimately cost him his life. He was a co-founder of Magnum Photos and some of his shots remain the most famous in the world.  

  • Matthew Brady - Known as the father of war photography, Brady had to get permission from Andrew Lincoln to go and photograph the Civil War for Harper’s Weekly. His heavy, clunky equipment meant he could not easily get into the action, but he was always quick to cover soldiers in camps and the aftermath of battles. His images were so early that they could only be printed as engravings in the magazine at first.  

  • Dorothea Lange - her portrait of a migrant mother is said to be one of the most seen photographs of all time. She took this and many other shots while documenting American migrants and the poor, which was seen as a work of social awareness at the time.

  •  Henri Cartier-Bresson: a man whose influence is felt in almost all spheres of photography, Cartier- Bresson was also considered one of the fathers of photojournalism. His style, which often involved walking around cities to see what he could capture, combined the artful framing of the flaneur with current events and clever social commentary.  

  • Albert Eisenstaedt: a sailor bends a nurse backward as he plants a kiss on her in Times Square. You know the shot! Eisenstaedt was there at many moments of cultural importance in the forties, fifties, and sixties – and beyond.


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