Sunday, March 7, 2010

The PJ Blues

Seems every year we go through at least one chorus of "photojournalism's dead, played and buried, and we desperately need to reexamine, reinvigorate and reinvent the medium." Cell phones, tragedy porn and the alleged end of print media have all exasperated the situation. And then there are those who seem to infer that not only has it well outlived  it's usefulness, it's also guilty of the more heinous crime of outliving it's quasi art form status based on its grainy B&W origins.

Benjamin Chesterton of Duckrabbit has offered several viable suggestions and alternatives- more multi media type approaches (including the voices of those featured and photographed), as well as more regional reportage from those indigenous to specific areas.
For those clamoring for photojournalism with a different style and approach, it doesn't get more different than  Eva Leitolf's work- and why her Looking For Evidence hasn't garnered more attention (than I'm aware of) is beyond me. Fortunately, Eva was gracious enough to answer a few questions and grant us some insight into the background and execution of this most unique and intriguing work- which will be presented here this Tuesday... 

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