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The Nature of Photography

The photographic process is simple. This is an examination of ethics of photojournalism based on the simple chemical reactions of photography.This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in January 2010.

 

The original simplicity of photography has been lost.

By John Long

There is no Eleventh Commandment that says “Thou Shalt Not Manipulate Photographs,” so where does our belief that this is part of what constitutes an honest photograph come from?

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Shoot First, Then Help

One of the most basic dilemmas that photojournalists ever face is the conflict between making photographs and putting the camera down to help people in need. This is one person’s opinion.

This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in February 2010.

Do I put the camera down, or do I remain an observer?

By John Long

Haiti's Disaster

Compassion for your subjects is a necessity for photojournalists.

This article appeared in News Photographer Magazine in March of 2010.

 For those who have been devoted to covering the impoverished nation for many years, Haiti is a long-term commitment – not a student workshop opportunity.

By Steve Raymer

When Words Collide

This is a column on the importance of words and pictures working together. Both need to be treated with equal respect.

This column appeared in News Photographer Magazine in March, 2010.

 Captions Should Be Based on Fact, Not Fiction

By Paul Martin Lester

Apostates.

This Time, Editors are the Problem

Some editors do not have the same respect for the photograph as they have for the written word and have been the problem behind a series of ethical mistakes.

This column appeared in the July 2010 issue of News Photographer Magazine.

Their fake photos show little respect for our work.

By John Long

Provenance

Part One in a Three Part ethics series.

This is a three part examination of “Truth” in photojournalism. Part one deals with the reality behind the image, part two deals with honesty, accuracy and the meaning of the word “truth”, and part three deals with the power of the real photograph.

These three columns originally appeared in the January, February and March 2011 issues of News Photographer Magazine.

 

By John Long

But Is It Art?

Part Two in a Three Part ethics series.

This is a three part examination of “Truth” in photojournalism. Part one deals with the reality behind the image, part two deals with honesty, accuracy and the meaning of the word “truth”, and part three deals with the power of the real photograph.

These three columns originally appeared in the January, February and March 2011 issues of News Photographer Magazine.

 

By John Long

It’s a Cloudy, Liquid World

Part three in a three part ethics series

This is a three part examination of “Truth” in photojournalism. Part one deals with the reality behind the image, part two deals with honesty, accuracy and the meaning of the word “truth”, and part three deals with the power of the real photograph.

These three columns originally appeared in the January, February and March 2011 issues of News Photographer Magazine.

By John Long

Founders

NPPA Founders Certificates were awarded in 1955.

Founders

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