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“No Future In Photojournalism”? – DPReview Interview with Dan Chung

By Matthew Saville on February 10th 2012

“Photojournalism as a profession has taken a bit of a nosedive in recent years” …says Dan Chung in an interview with DPReview.But what does the future hold for news and visual storytelling?Is it completely dark, or is there light at the end of the tunnel?I can’t give away Dan’s response to *that* question!Read the interview to find out…




(Filmed on the Canon 1D mkIV, Canon 5D mk2, Canon 550D, and GoPro HD)

…Okay, I can’t resist speaking my mind on the subject!First of all, it’s not as bleak as Dan makes it sounds.Actually, he’s just talking about the transition from “photojournalism” to “videojournalism” or simply, “visual journalism”.It’s just a change of format.Then again as anyone who has ever tried switching from still to video capture will tell you, it’s NOT that simple.

And I happen to thoroughly agree with Dan-If you’re a news photographer and you expect to stay fully employed ONLY creating still images, you may be in for a very nasty surprise within the next few years, if not already.It’s tough, but that’s just what technology has ALWAYS done to us, the two-edge sword that it is.The more we develop technology, the more it throws higher demands right backat us…

I think that ALL freelance photography professionals need to think deeply about how their industry is changing, and what they may need to do in order to stay on top of it. Within a few years, we may all be capturing 10-20 megapixel images at 60 frames per second, or still images at 40-60 megapixels…..never again needing to “catch the moment” or even worry about getting close to the action. How will photography and videography benefit / suffer from this?That’s one heck of a discussion…

Just some food for thought. I know I’m scared and excited all at once!


Take care,

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