Penn State Fayette Exhibit Tells Photographers' Stories through Images

By Starn, Barbara | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 2, 2011 | Go to article overview

Penn State Fayette Exhibit Tells Photographers' Stories through Images


Starn, Barbara, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Photojournalists often take a secondary role to reporters. The exhibit "Working Press" at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, brings photojournalists to the forefront of the news industry.

Bobby Salitrick, guest curator of the exhibit, said that the purpose of the exhibit is to give photojournalists a forum of their own.

"Press photograhy often is overlooked," she said. "Photographers often are the first on the scene. They are the ones who contact the reporters."

She said that in today's image conscious society, people have lost their appreciation for the still photograph.

"We are so used to moving images." she said. "We have forgotten the power of the photographer to capture iconic moments. The sailor kissing the girl after World War II would be a good example.

Ed Cope, who has 43 years in the news photography business, says that composition is the key element to a good photo.

"Composition is extremely important to me in the making of any image and a good photo tell the story of what is happening in front of you."

He believes that photojournalists play a vital role in the news industry.

"The role of the photojournalist is telling the story with words and also visual impact. Whether it be spot news, feature or event sports. The photojournalist is the public's eye and the image must be presented truthfully without manipulation because once a photo is altered for any reason the credibility of the publication is gone forever."

Techology's impact

Cope says the technology has changed the role of the photojournalist.

"The role of the photojournalist is being diminished in some respect by cell journalism, citizen journalism and the technology that newspapers are trying to institute to cut costs and diminish the role of the professionalism that photo departments have proved effective over the years." he said. "The new technologies and ways of distributing the news via interactive medias ( social networking) has changed the way photojournalists work today.

"Today's photojournalist must adapt to video, multitasking techniques and other ways to continue working in the profession. …

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