The future of photojournalism? This is brilliant. Almost makes me want to learn french…Written by duckrabbit
…if only I had the time.
This proves to me that:-
1. The future comes from visionaries outside the thinking of established photojournalists. The photo’s are best used for their editorial function and not for their “unique personal vision”.
2. That the hero figure of lone photographer roaming the world for extreme stories is not out of date. It was never meant to be since the Japanese made camera’s affordable.
3. That attracting capital into the industry from the outside requires the dilution of the photographers personal vision.
4. That Photojournalism has an amazingly bright future ahead of it.
5. China is not a story of only dirty coal mines and migrant workers. It is a much bigger story than that.
6. Online means choice of camera format means nothing.
7. Broad minds breeds better understanding and no single individual will ever be broader than the collection of inferior minds.
8. Established Photojournalism agencies living off the glories of the past will not have the financial or intellectual capacity to react.
Photojournalists can stay printing books and selling prints at high prices until they lose their best assets – the talented photographers who ultimately will follow the funding.
Photofilms are part of this interactive future. Essential as the content will serve a vital story telling function for future productions. This is why I urge you to listen, learn and be brave to question openly the establishment ways.
Lets face it, you cannot produce what http://www.france5.fr/ have without huge finance but you all can leverage off the knowledge cluster being developed.
Integrated online propositions need photofilms because they will function for different reasons. This lovely french production is out of bounds for most budgets and will demand huge cross subsidisation.
More than that though, it is about the quality of thinking from outside the frame that will determine the quality of product the public face.
Or I have got it wrong…?
Now all the these lovely French people need to do is provide subtitles…
William Klein will not doubt agree that this work has provided the required context. Congratulations to http://www.france5.fr and congratulations to Paolo Woods who I have a huge amount of respect for.