“… Reuters is launching a grant program which seeks to recruit and develop a diverse new generation of photojournalists to tell original human stories from around the world.
Reuters is offering up to eight $5,000 USD grants to passionate photojournalists or photojournalism students who are interested in working on photo assignments and projects to advance their abilities and tell new stories….”
David Burnett has always been something of a rarity amongst photojournalists, unafraid of radically varying his way of seeing and photographing as the subject matter demands in order for a great story to be told.
His avoidance of cliché and technical perfection at the expense of that story is refreshing. There is no one single archetypal David Burnett image – instead there is a range of them and he is always experimenting, learning and growing.
Mr Burnett’s willingness to try out new things may well be the product of a freelance way of life, always needing to produce something different from what the staffers and longterm contractors come up with.
Only one thing is predictable about his photographs, that they will be emotionally engaging and graphically precise, and that they will tell a story alone or in context.
That precision and engagement are revealed in conversation and doubtless in his teaching. Seize any chance you can to speak with him, listen to his insights and especially take part in one of his photography workshops like The Creative Eye with David Burnett, details below.
Vignette Creative – The story on Story – David Burnett – Pt 1
Vignette Creative – The story on Story – David Burnett – Pt 2
Wired magazine has interviewed photographer Daniella Zalcman about her newly launched database of female photographers named Women Photograph in their article Female Photographers Matter Now More Than Ever.
Here are two highly relevant quotes from the article:
Why is it important to hire female photographers?
It’s just good journalism. We need to tell stories about diverse people from diverse perspectives—from a female perspective, people of color, and the LGBTQ[I] community. You make really big mistakes when you don’t have those voices in your newsroom.
How do you change that?
We do need to make a concerted effort to diversify the people who are telling stories in this industry. That is deeply important to informing the public. Because if our readership is diverse, and the people we are reporting on are diverse, then we as journalists need to be diverse. And right now that is not the case.
Meanwhile the underrepresentation of women continues in other areas of the arts according to Why Is Gender Still An Issue? in The Huffington Post.