Forest Hills, NY (2013)
© Shaun Roberts
I can’t believe that we are still having this discussion about toning. How are people more angry about a great image that some dude desaturates a little than about all of the terrible, lazy, ugly and boring images that are being made by photojournalists of important issues and stories? What I find far more morally offensive is the masses of photojournalists who apparently who care so little for their subjects and audience that they make bad pictures that people flip/click past because they are not drawn in.
Click through to read the piece on NPPA’s website if you want to feel like it is 1999.
I was JUST raging about this to myself. This conversation is so so so so so so so incredibly archaic and stupid. Photo journalism is nearly irrelevant these days and we are having a conversation about the color of a photo?! Shit was black and white most of the time 15 years ago, how is that “real”? This is why I don’t really relate to the photo journalism community on very many levels. Instead of talking about content and subject matter and ideas, they geek out on whether or not a picture is boring looking enough to classify as “real”. Stupid stuff.