Legacy of Photojournalists: Hidden Heroes Behind Headlines
Photojournalists are like soldiers on the front lines when it comes to accurately reporting a story. This is especially true when the news happens to be in conflict areas and war zones. Photojournalists make their living by putting themselves in harm’s way. They risk their lives not only to satisfy the public’s need for news, but also because they have a true passion for the stories behind the news. It’s not just about the headlines but about the human beings whose lives have been torn apart by the circumstances in which they are embroiled.
In this spirit, we wish to pay tribute to two amazing photojournalists. One helped set the standard for the industry today and celebrates a birthday, while the other was captured and later killed while covering the war in Syria.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer widely touted to be the father of photojournalism. Armed with his Leica, he traveled the world in an effort to capture “The Decisive Moment,” a phrase he coined that has defined his personal approach to photography. Some of the notable events he covered included the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Occupation and Liberation of France in World War II, the aftermath of World War II in the United States, and Gandhi’s funeral. He went on to found Magnum Photos, an agency for photographers that controlled where and how photos could be presented. It is widely considered to be the gold standard of international photojournalism.
Photojournalist Henri Cartier Bresson
HCB India, Bresson
HCB India, Bresson
In the same respect, James Foley became the unwitting face of freelance photojournalism covering conflicts abroad when he was taken hostage and killed earlier this week by the terror group ISIS. He was one of the mos talented photojournalists, the latest who “gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people” and the horrors of war.
Photojournalist James Foley
An image of Syria from James Foley
Today, we celebrate their bravery and selflessness and voice our appreciation for photojournalists and their relentless quest to find and capture the truth at whatever cost. They are truly the hidden heroes behind the headlines.
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