By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor @Blogfinger
Photojournalism used to be considered a separate discipline from photography in general. For example, fine art photography is all about imagery, so anything goes. But photojournalism has been traditionally about facts. That is why newspaper and magazine editors are fussy about issues such as distorting the meaning of a moment by manipulating the image, for example by cropping. Or else, a news photographer cannot pose a scene. It needs to be recorded just as it happened.
But, thanks to the work of great news photographers such as Robert Capa who went in on D-Day with the first wave, photographers are given more leeway to have one foot in the news and the other in fine-arts. The best examples not only tell a story but can be objects of feelings and beauty.
The image above is from a New York Times article about a resurgence of figure skating in Russia. James Hill is the photographer and he shot the image in Moscow—November, 2013. The photo is impressionistic and quite beautiful apart from its use to illustrate a sports article.
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