Far from being a dying profession, photojournalism is still as influential and important today as in the day of the great picture magazines. Only the venue has changed. Now instead of print, photojournalism has a healthy and growing online presence. It’s ability to pinpoint, in one still photograph, those precise moments of emotion, drama or tenderness is unparalleled by any other medium. Great pictures have helped stop wars and curbed the aggressions of governments whose very institutional profile has let them run unchecked. In a few sharp images photojournalism helps write the human story and that of the broader world around us.
Meighen Jackson – Artist in the Ascent
The American artist Meighen Jackson is terraforming the landscapes of Detroit and New York City with her paintings and 3-dimensional paper imagery. These photos come from her recent shows: Climb, at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York http://www.walterwickisergallery.com and Paperworks at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, MI.
Trini Carnival – A Party For The People
Carnival in Trinidad is one big party where everyone is invited. Unlike Mardi Gras In New Orleans or Carnival in Rio, there are no crowds lining the parade routes because everyone is part of the parade.
The Northwest Passage holds a sacred place in the Canadian psyche. It has been used as a metaphor for the odyssey of musicians like Stan Rogers and an unattainable grail – as in the case of Sir John Franklin – still worth striving for. Once a photographer has sailed through it, it remains part of their dreams for the rest of their life.
Music As A Story Without Notes
Life isn’t all Sturm und Drang. Music gives us fun, awakens our soul and gives us a reason to celebrate together. Pictures of musicians and music festivals should do the same thing.
Fire – The Fiercest Creature
The fiercest animal in the woods isn’t the grizzly or mountain lion, its wild fire. Every year wildfires consume vast tracts of forest and keep photojournalists on their toes covering them. Wildfires are the most frightening story I’ve ever photographed.