History of Journalism
In days gone by, photojournalists would travel all over the world seeking out the stories of the unheard. The images captured by photojournalists were so powerful, they are said to have changed the course of history and were instrumental in influencing political campaigns.
The Crimean War in the 1850s is said to be the starting point for photojournalism as we understand it today. Roger Fenton was the first official war photographer. His photographs captured the devastating effects of war and broadcasted them to a worldwide audience.
Expanding photojournalism – Street Photography
In the nineteenth century, photojournalism started to diversify away from war and conflict. Photojournalists began to look closer to home for their storytelling inspiration. Jacob Riis for example, photographed immigrants living and working in the slums of New York, influencing social change, due to the dire living conditions captured in the image.
The golden age of photojournalism
Fast forward through to the 1960s, where camera technology started to push photojournalism further than ever before.
With the invention of the flash bulb and development of compact cameras, photojournalism became truly portable for the first time in history.