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Photojournalism and Today's News: Creating Visual Reality Paperback – Dec 22 2008
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"The critique is well argued and firmly rooted in the work of Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Arthur Asa Berger and other philosophers and semioticians who have looked critically at visual mass media. ... The practical advice and lessons about best practices will be exceptionally valuable to anyone—student or recent graduate—who wants to improve and succeed in the profession 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 which the work is carried out in the real world. This balance is very helpful for any person with aspirations towards a career in photojournalism." (M/C Reviews, April 2009)
"Loup Langton’s new book raises valuable questions about the ethics, history, economics, politics, and culture of the newsroom, addressing issues that are profoundly consequential to today’s turbulent media environment, and offering trenchant observations about the impact of these realities on visual journalists." Tom Kennedy, photo editor and former director of photography at National Geographic
"In a time of professional uncertainty, Loup Langton treats his readers to lessons that transcend the concerns of budgets and delivery systems. He reminds us that the foundation of great stories is the relationships between journalist and subject." Rob Finch, photojournalist
"Many of us take for granted the visual images that are served up with our daily dose of journalism. Loup Langton’s lucid book tells us where photojournalism comes from – culturally, technologically, and philosophically. At its best, photojournalism is a sophisticated and subtle craft, little understood by outsiders; Langton gives us the insider’s tour." John Carroll, former editor of the LA Times, Knight Visiting Professor to HarvardSee all Product Description
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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.
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