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Photography.55

General Photography Discussion

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{Photography.55.24}: Rich Mason {richpix} Fri, 05 Mar 2004 20:59:24 CST (15 lines)

Jonathan, I think you're right about photojournalism having a
similarity to written journalism.  A photo for a newpaper or magazine
has to grab attention quickly, especially the cover or front page
picture.  The idea is to hook the viewer and make them want to read,
and therefore buy, the publication.

Unfortunately, that often leads to a photo with graphic impact being
used, but not necessarily what might be considered art.  I think the
same can be said for the written word--what makes for good journalism
won't often pass for good literature.

One of the tests I use for photographic art, and art in general, is:
would I want it hanging on my wall?  If it has staying power and I
enjoy seeing it time and again, it is art.  If it grabs my attention
quickly, but fades easily from memory, it's not art.

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