Anorak | Instagram is killing photojournalism

Instagram is killing photojournalism

by | 12th, November 2012

 IN Instagram, the Devil, and You , phtographer Kenneth Jarecke muses on Instagram. The Associated Press has been experimenting with Instagram. We get them in a feed. The file contains not one memorable photo of the US election. The images are all about the photographer saying “I was there. I took this. Look how close I got to the action.” It’s enthusiastic, fan-based photography.

Jarecke nailed it:

When a photojournalist uses Instagram, the devil smiles. He keeps it handy, in the top drawer of his toolbox, sitting right next to true love. Like most of his tricks, it promises the user fame, fortune and the admiration of one’s betters. Despite knowing this to be a lie, photographers, even the good ones, often succumb to the temptation…

To be fair, Instagram does deliver a hollow sort of fame. Not the kind of Gene Smith, ready to take a beating in the name of truth, type of fame. More like the 7,200 people saw what I had for lunch and that’ll keep me feeling special until dinner, type of fame…

I’ve looked through the images made of Hurricane Sandy and I’m stunned by the lack of excellence…

Maybe the editors were too busy culling images submitted by their readers. Really, I gotta say it’s sad to see the New York Times and the Washington Post begging for user generated, ahem, free content. (This just in.. A tree fell in Brooklyn!) Where’s your sense of dignity people? These are trying times and here you are stealing desperately needed content from your local FOX affiliate…

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