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"The critique is well argued and firmly rooted in the work ofRoland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Arthur Asa Berger and otherphilosophers and semioticians who have looked critically at visualmass media. ... The practical advice and lessons about bestpractices will be exceptionally valuable to anyone—student orrecent graduate—who wants to improve and succeed in theprofession of photojournalism. (Global Media Journal,Autumn, 2009)

"A well balanced introduction to the medium of photojournalism.While important ideals are explored in depth, and 'best practice'encouraged, Langton lends a certain pragmatism to the way in whichthe work is carried out in the real world. This balance is veryhelpful for any person with aspirations towards a career inphotojournalism." (M/C Reviews, April 2009)


"Loup Langton’s new book raises valuable questions about theethics, history, economics, politics, and culture of the newsroom,addressing issues that are profoundly consequential totoday’s turbulent media environment, and offering trenchantobservations about the impact of these realities on visualjournalists." Tom Kennedy, photo editor and former director ofphotography at National Geographic

"In a time of professional uncertainty, Loup Langton treats hisreaders to lessons that transcend the concerns of budgets anddelivery systems. He reminds us that the foundation of greatstories is the relationships between journalist and subject."Rob Finch, photojournalist

"Many of us take for granted the visual images that are servedup with our daily dose of journalism. Loup Langton’s lucidbook tells us where photojournalism comes from – culturally,technologically, and philosophically. At its best, photojournalismis a sophisticated and subtle craft, little understood byoutsiders; Langton gives us the insider’s tour." JohnCarroll, former editor of the LA Times, Knight Visiting Professorto Harvard

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Close to the bone... Sept. 17 2009
By Mike - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Langton has captured the interior world and thinking of photojournalism. As a thirty-seven year veteran photojournalist at a major metropolitan newspaper I can report from experience that the chapter on newsroom culture, the chapter on ethics, and the chapter on the relationship between photographer and subject are particularly on target. They reveal the strengths and weakness of this profession and its practicioners. If you want to understand the business and craft, not just from a "romantic" viewpoint, but rather from the vantage point of those who actually do it, this is the book to read. You'll feel the issues in your very gut as you digest the meat and gristle and bone along perilous track these folks follow. Langton makes you wonder about some things - like why they do it, should they do it. It's good to ponder such topics from an informed stance, and Langton's got the straight story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
thoughtful reading photographer's book Dec 23 2010
By Stephen Pellerine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This, to me, is a successful book on photojournalism without many photos. It is a read - less of a visual journey. There are only 10-15 images, but this is welcome in that it does not present itself as a book on images, but on the backstory behind creating images.

A very great addition to a thoughtful reading photographer. I don't mean this in any derogatory way - but if you want to see images and master how to shoot, this is perhaps not the best choice for you. If you want to think, and think through the eye of a photojournalist, that needs to hop the flight and catch the event happening now - yup, this is the book.

Recommend this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An engaging must read for shooters and lookers June 19 2009
By M. L. de Uriarte - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Both those who aim to be professional photographers and those who simply look at their work will enjoy this well-written book. In the words of the author, photographers and the editors who decide what we will see to illustrate a story, this field is explored from its ethics to the excitement of its Pulitzer Prizes. Here the profession and the photographers come to life. In an ever changing visual world, an anchor and a definitely very useful asset in my classroom as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book March 14 2013
By llamamoma - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book in great condition a must for any photojournalist experienced or not-- a good addition to my photography library