Perfesser Kev covers the canon of photojournalism

Jacob Riis - Cloth cutters on Ludlow Street - 1905

[T]his is a start on a “canon” to which you may contribute a suggestion. I’m looking not just for a list of the “great photographers” nor the most famous or successful. I’m looking for photographers who:

-Produced documentary work reflecting the important standards and ethics of the profession,
-Stood the test of time by repeatedly producing notable work, and
-Innovated in the art or profession by being first to adopt an important style or approach, break a barrier or rise above the limits of the day.

Kevin Moloney, photojournalist and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has just finished a series of posts on the canon of photojournalism. It’s a great look through the history of the medium, including many photographers whose names aren’t as readily recognizable to most as Cartier-Bresson or the like. The whole series, linked below, is worth a read.

  • The Photojournalist’s Canon: Part One — The First 50 Years
  • The Photojournalist’s Canon: Part Two — Early 20th Century
  • The Photojournalist’s Canon: Part Three — From Then to Now
  • The posts ask for contributions to the canon, so if there’s a photographer that you feel should be listed, send in a contribution. I could see, for instance, the addition of Richards, Rodchenko, and Goldin.

    One Response to “Perfesser Kev covers the canon of photojournalism”

    1. Kevin Moloney

      Those could be excellent additions! Thanks for the shout out.

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