A Brief History of Photo Journalism.

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A brief history of photo journalism
Created on: May 28, 2008 Last Updated: August 06, 2008
"A picture is worth a thousand words" should be the motto of the photojournalist. It certainly is what they are all about. Who can ever forget some of the most memorable photos of the 20th century? It was the photo journalist who brought us the horror of the holocaust, the joy of the sailor who returned home and the faces of the world. We have been a part of history through the eyes of a camera lens.
Photo-journalism is almost as old as the camera itself. The first photo journalist was Carol Szathmari who did documentary photos of the Crimean War in the 1850's. It was Matthew Brady who really should have the title of Greatest photojournalist of the 19th century. His photos of the Civil War were made into engravings and published in Harpers Weekly. They are no less poignant today than they were when he took them over 150 years ago.He brought to life the main players in the Civil War. If it wasn't for him we would not have seen the care worn face of Abraham Lincoln or the meeting of the great generals.
It took until the 1880's for photographs to be published in newspapers. The invention of the flash powder allowed photography to go indoors added a whole new dimension to the ability of the photojournalist to tell his story with pictures.
It wasn't until the flash bulb was invented along with the 35mm camera that photojournalism really took off. The period between the 1930's and the 1950's is called the Golden Age of photojournalism.

Henri Cartier Bresson is called by many the Father of modern photojournalism. He isn't the only one who has been given this title but he certainly is deserving. His photos have taken us from Africa in the 1920's, to the Spanish Civil War, Gandhi just hours before his assassination and the liberation of Paris.
During the 1920's Germany was at…...

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