Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism

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University of Missouri Press, 1994 - Photography - 369 pages
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Nothing has more power to communicate the destruction and despair of our time than the documentary photograph. The Tiananmen Square massacre, the Kent State shootings, the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement - these events have been indelibly etched in the minds of Americans through the work of photojournalists. In Truth Needs No Ally, Howard Chapnick, one of the giants of contemporary photojournalism, offers a historical, philosophical, pragmatic, and inspiring look at the profession.
From the exhilarating early years of LIFE and Look magazines, through the explosion of photographic technology, Howard Chapnick takes us through the fascinating history of documentary photography. He discusses the modern capacities for computerized manipulation of photos and argues passionately for unflinching ethical standards on the part of photographers and editors alike.
Filled with lively anecdotes from the author's fifty-year career and written in an engaging, personal style, Truth Needs No Ally covers myriad practical, creative, and ethical issues, including professional conduct, challenges facing women and minorities in photojournalism, developing a portfolio, cultivating a personal style, and government manipulation of the media.
With dozens of photographs - many in color - representing photographic journalism at its best, Truth Needs No Ally is the definitive book on photojournalism by a master of the craft.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Foundation of Photojournalism 1 Photojournalism as Eyewitness to History
7
The Responsibilities of Documentary Photography
11
The Concerned Photographer
20
The Great Photographic Essays
29
So You Want to Be a Photojournalist?
41
Launching Your Career in Photojournalism
52
Developing Your Portfolio
62
Personal Projects
238
The Photojournalist as Writer
248
The Photojournalistic Book
257
The Photojournalist and the Portrait
271
Workshops Awards Contests and Grants
277
Creative and Ethical Issues in Photojournalism
278
Ethical Concerns in Photojournalism Today
293
Finding an Ethical Structure in Photojournalism
305

On Dress Manners Behavior and Intercultural Sensitivity
70
The PhotojournalistSpecialist or Generalist?
75
Women and Minorities in Photojournalism
87
Picture Agencies
110
TwentyNine Careers in Photojournalism
129
The Life Blood of the Photojournalist
213
Developing a Photojournalistic Aesthetic
230
Taking Risks in Wartime and Peacetime
313
On Seeing Perceptiveness Time and Creativity
324
Observations of a Photographic Curmudgeon
331
Photojournalism 2000a Look into the Future
348
Bibliography
351
Index
363
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About the author (1994)

Retired president of the Black Star Photo Agency and former monthly columnist for Popular Photography, Howard Chapnick is a fifty-year veteran of photojournalism.  He is author or editor of many books, most recently Malcolm X:  The Great Pictures.  He lives in Somers, New York.

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