is a different ball game altogether. It is visual storytelling.
It has a strong social and cultural context and is a visual
form of reportage based on newsy and current affairs topics.
Being in the right place at the right time and understanding
the situation as it unfolds helps a photojournalist deliver
reader interest material. The objective is to usually
pick up contemporary topics and portray a visual story
that creates an understanding on the pattern in which
people live their lives or social changes that impact
them in different walks of life. Photojournalism also
lends credibility to the written word and can support
a public interest story with visual proof. The visuals
complement the written reportage on the story.
visual representation of contemporary situations is a
powerful way to make a point and the photographer who
is into photojournalism has to be a firstly aware of the
socio-political and cultural scene of a region to be able
to shoot the relevant pictures. The equipment required
by photojournalists varies by the type of story they pursue.
If a photojournalist is picking up images of a town or
if the photography is the type that portrays cultural
and historical sites, or if the task is to follow the
campaign trail of a political leader, each of these require
a different treatment.