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Londoners (or anybody willing to travel) – Please support our second year BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography exhibition The Long & Short of it. Exhibiting at Calumet, London, 24th March – 17th April. Private View 24th March. Lots of up-and-coming talent, plus free food and booze. I shall be there with canapés…

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St Austell Boxing Club, 15th October 2014

Last Wednesday I attended the night time senior training session at St Austell Boxing Club in Cornwall to photograph boxing as part of a 10 Part Portfolio I am currently working on for my degree course. Before this, I’d never photographed sports as I’m not particularly interested in sports or sports photography but I found the physical and mental strategies in boxing incredibly rewarding to photograph.

The aim for the portfolio is to have one photograph from many of the elements that make up ‘Press & Editorial Photography’ – News/Event, Sports, Fashion, Mini Feature, Observed Portrait, Lit Portrait, Group Portrait, Creative Standalone, Music, Product/Still Life.

St Austell Boxing Club, 15th October 2014Jimmy Waugh, owner of the club teaches a simple ‘jab-jab-punch’ to students on their first day of training.

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During editing I realised that although I went to St Austell Boxing Club to photograph a sports action shot for the 10 Part Portfolio, I seem to naturally want to tell a story through a set of pictures. This is something I wasn’t doing consciously. You’ll see in the following pictures that there was one particular boxer that I was particularly interested in photographing as he seemed to have a real drive for the sport and was incredibly focused. I’ve managed to make an edit that I think could be used as a mini-feature about him and his boxing. (I’m still to learn their names and will clarify next week!)

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The shoot will take place this Wednesday so keep an eye out on here for the photographs. 

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Identity crisis in Photojournalism

Identity crisis in Photojournalism

Are Photjournalists truly appreciated in the public eye?

“Anyone can get lucky with a few pictures, just like pretty much everyone has one or two dishes they’ve mastered in the kitchen,” said Brooklyn-based freelance photographer Scout Tufankjian, who has documented President Obama, the Haitian earthquake and Arab Spring. “That doesn’t mean that they can produce solid, compelling and ethically produced stories on demand. I make great hummus and kibbe. That doesn’t mean I’m capable of running a restaurant.”

“For many photojournalists, Hart included, the problem is not the iPhone, which is merely a device, after all. The problem is that using it—or any camera, professionally requires an understanding of visual storytelling, which is about sequencing and patience, framing, knowing what to exclude as much as what to include.” 

Quotes taken from:  ”Identity crisis’ in Photojournalism’, American Journalism Review.

Article by Jackie Spinner, December 2013. 

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