01 November 2011

Silwan - Photojournalism Behind the Scenes

...or how photojournalists make the news they are supposed to report on.

If the video doesn't work, watch it here.


Dick Stanley said...

Brilliant stuff, partly because it's so obvious that it's ignored most of the time. Of course photographers influence the "news" which they create for sales, and sales are their aim, and so they are never far from posing their subjects. If he keeps this up, he'll discover the throw-down teddy bears and broken dolls some "photojournalists" use to improve the pathos of their "art."

Pisa said...

Indeed. I doubt there'll be any more riots in Silwan once the photojournalists leave, but they (rioters and photographers) just keep feeding each other's obsessions.

David All said...

It is true that frequently on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, what looks like a riot or some sort of violent demonstration only begins after the photojournalists and TV cameramen get there and stop as soon as they leave. It is staged like a scene in a TV drama and movie and as soon as the cameras leave, the violence or what appears to be violence ends and things return to normal.  No doubt there are plenty of geniune disturbances on the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but a lot of it are just scenes staged for the photographers, who, for one reason or another. want some action so they will have story for the media outfit they work for.

This is a first rate expose. Hope this guy wins some sort of award and/or gets a promotion for this video. Thanks. Pisa for linking to it.
Do not know if photographers do similar staging in places like Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. There might be enough violence in those places that they do not need to have to manufacture it.   

Pisa said...

Ruben Salvadori's project was awarded the Photodreaming Contest organized by Forma Foundation. Salvadori plans to do this in other parts of the world. Then we'll have a glimpse at a different, real world.