History of Photojournalism

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“I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated” (Nachtwey). Photojournalism is the art or practice of communicating news by photographs, especially in magazines. Photojournalism has evolved immensely from the beginning to the present. Photojournalism developed during the Crimean War, submitted to its evolution throughout the course of the Golden Age, and eventually settled on its present-day existence today.
Photojournalism was started during the Crimean war by a gentleman named Carol Szathmari. Szathmari was born on January 11th, 1812 as a noble descent. He first studied as a painter but then became a very enthusiastic traveler. He first began to experiment with photography in 1848, soon after filled a wagon his supplies and followed the war, capturing many battles and important moments. Roger Fenton was another photojournalist who took pictures of the Crimean War. His mission was to captured evidence that contradicted the description of William Russell who was a war correspondent. Russell was condemning the militaries failure to provide sanitary living conditions for the soldiers. Roger Fenton faced many challenges while photographing the war for four months. Having to develop all of his photos on wet-collodion plates with unclean water proved very demanding in the sweltering heat. He proved to be very successful and came back to London with 360 snapshots of the war between Turkey, Russia, and England. The Crimean War established the base for photojournalism and started a tradition that will live on into the future.
The Golden Age of Photojournalism was when photos started to make a large presence in magazines. The Golden Ag...

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