Webster’s Dictionary defines photojournalism as:
- Journalism in which written copy is subordinate to pictorial usually photographic presentation of news stories in which a high proportion of pictorial presentation is used; broadly: news photography
As described by author Dillon Westbrook, in an online article, A Brief History of Photojournalism, photojournalism is “the use of photographs in conjunction with the reporting of news in media such as print newspapers, magazines, television news and internet reporting.” Photojournalism creates images that help tell a story to its readers. Without the incorporation of photographs “the audience feels incomplete, as though they were only getting half the story.”
On June 15, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia, a riot let out after the hometown team lost during Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final hockey game to the Boston Bruins. The streets were packed with raging fans and the police and S.W.A.T. gathered in lines all over the city. As chaos was everywhere, there came a glimpse of love as a woman, after being knocked to the ground by police, was being comforted by her boyfriend with a simple kiss. This photograph became famous overnight after being all over the Internet as well as news channels everywhere. This photograph shows just how much a picture can say a thousand words. You see not only the riot and the police gathered, but you also see what millions of people would have never seen without this photo and the concept of photojournalism.
Whether photographs are taken close to home or from another continent, the reader always becomes a bit more connected. A photograph not only takes the reader to that place of time, but it also tells a story that satisfies it readers to stay connected and wanting more.