Photojournalism and street portraiture

Yesterday I was listening to a very interesting podcast from the BBC called Every Picture Tells a Story.  The presenter, Razia Iqbal, muses on the ongoing significance of photographs in news reporting.  The programme is sometimes a bit unstructured and doesn’t offer very much that is new to those who engage with these issues anyway, but it is an interesting programme nonetheless, mostly because of the stimulating ways in which she engages with some of the best photojournalists working today.

I’ve also been proof-reading the draft of Bruce Percy’s longest ebook to date, on street portraiture (scroll down this page for details – due to be available at the end of July, hopefully).  It’s a stimulating read, and in terms of method and approach is very consistent with other texts Bruce has written.  Surprising details (to me, at least), such as the rationale for using manual focus instead of autofocus, are logically explained, and the ebook is, as ever, beautifully illustrated with examples of Bruce’s work.

What is interesting to me about these two themes of photojournalism and street portraiture is how similar they are.  All the images discussed in the BBC programme are a kind of street portrait: even in the most dangerous and life-threatening situations that photojournalists find themselves in, I can see a connection to what Bruce is talking about in his ebook.

I’m off to a week-long conference in Barcelona next week, but despite the frenetic programme that such events usually involve, I’m hoping very much to be able to capture some of the Barcelona night-life on camera… using Bruce’s ebook as a guide.

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