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//September 23, 2010 at 03:44 am / THEORY [Essays]
1st Prize Spot News, Singles: John Moore, USA, Getty Images. Assassination of Benazir Bhutto “The most political decision you make is where you direct people’s eyes”
Wim Wenders, The Act of seeing.

“The tremendous development of photojournalism has contributed practically nothing to the revelation of
the truth about conditions in this world. On the contrary photography, in the hands of the bourgeoisie, has
become a terrible weapon against the truth. The vast amount of pictured material that is being disgorged
daily by the press and that seems to have the character of truth serves in reality only to obscure the facts.
The camera is just as capable of lying as the typewriter” - Bertolt Brecht,1931

A recent photograph, taken during the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007, captures the
essence of the photojournalistic image as it was originally conceived by early pioneers like Robert Capa.
Taken an instant after the bomb detonated, at a distance of just 10 meters from it’s epicentre, it is not really
a photograph at all, but a blur, a piece of smudged evidence that testifies to the fact that our journalist was
there, as close as he could possibly be to the lethal action, when the shutter opened and closed.

Photographs hardly ever break the news these days. In Scotland Yard’s recent investigation into the series
of events that lead to Bhutto’s death, videos taken on mobile phones, rather than the work of professional
photojournalists (like this one above), were used as evidence. In recent years some of the most striking
visual images of major news events, such as 9/11, Abu Ghraib, the Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina, have
been captured by ordinary people who just happen to be there with their mobile phones or video cameras.
Where does this leave the photojournalist who has been acting as our brave proxy, sending us reports from
the front line of life since the Spanish Civil War?

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Κείμενο των Adam Broomberg και Oliver Chanarin, όπου αποκαλύπτουν τη λειτουργία της κριτικής επιτροπής του διαγωνισμού World Press Photo (2007). 'Οπως αναφέρουν στο κειμενό τους, "μια καλή ευκαιρία για την εκτίμηση σημαντικών ενδείξεων ενός φωτογραφικού ύφους σε κρίση".

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PAUL GRAHAM, THE UNREASONABLE APPLE//June 23, 2010 at 00:14 am / THEORY [Essays]
Writing by Paul Graham"This month I read a review in a leading US Art Magazine of a Jeff Wall survey book, praising how he had distinguished himself from previous art photography by:

“Carefully constructing his pictures as provocative often open ended vignettes, instead of just snapping his surroundings”

Anyone who cares about photography ‘s unique and astonishing qualities as a medium should be insulted by such remarks, especially here, now, in 2010, in this country, in this city, which has embraced photography like no other."

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Ένα κείμενο του γνωστού φωτογράφου Paul Graham, στο οποίο υπερασπίζεται με τρόπο αιχμηρό την αποκαλούμενη straight φωτογραφία απέναντι στην υποβάθμιση του ρόλου και της σημασίας της εντός του σύγχρονου καλλιτεχνικού πλαισίου.

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