Ruben Salvadori, “Photojournalism Behind the Scenes”

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [ITA-ENG subs] from Ruben Salvadori on Vimeo.

Ruben Salvadori, “Photojournalism Behind the Scenes”
I appreciate the deconstruction that this video inflicts upon the art of “drama” by expanding the frame of the photojournalist to include the “invisible photographer.” To be clear, Salvadori is commenting upon his own observations–so the truths observed may not blanket photojournalism entirely. But nevertheless, he suggests overtly that the presence of the media can turn a conflict into a show, with the photographer as an actor–or even director–rather than a passive observer. Read more on Salvadori here.

It is an brave thing to unveil the methods of an art or illusion. Is photojournalism an art? I’m quite sure it shouldn’t be an illusion. But does an ethical dilemma arise from the marriage of art/beauty (or more precisely the false creation of it) with conflict/journalism? Does it make the event more real, or more removed? More easily assimilated into popular culture? Does it make it more likely for people to relate, or less? To care?

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