Image of the Month – February

Hi all,

In this new column we will be discussing a favorite image of ours and going into a little more detail as to why these particular shots caught our attention. This month we have chosen a photograph that really epitomizes what the ‘Photojournalistic’ style is. To start with I’d like to provide you with the official definition of Photojournalism:

pho·to·jour·nal·ism/ˌfōtōˈjərnəˌlizəm/

Noun:
The art or practice of communicating news by photographs, esp. in magazines.

The following three aspects are key:

  • Timeliness — the images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events.
  • Objectivity — the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone.
  • Narrative — the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level.

To give you a little background, having spent the last 10 odd years in Amsterdam, which happens to be the home of the World Press Photo Foundation, we have befriended many of the world’s top news photographers, many of them World Press Photo and Pulitzer Prize winners. The point here is that there are many who loosely use the term ‘photojournalistic’ with regards to their wedding photography, but there are few wedding photographers who really eschew this style. Over the years we have been heavily influenced by photographers such as the legendary Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, the legendary founders of the Magnum photo agency, all the way through to the modern greats such as Tom Stoddart, Gary Knight and David Burnett. With regards to wedding photography, one of the finest proponents of the photojournalistic style has to be Jeff Ascough – the UK based wedding photographer. His work really inspires us!

Carmen getting ready for her wedding at her grandmothers house
Carmen getting ready for her wedding at her grandmothers house

This is one of our images above of Carmen, in the living room of her grandmother surrounded by her sisters and cousins. It is telling a story beyond what is obvious in the image. This is the same house that her mother prepared for her wedding in – the image is depicting a continuing tradition – and revealing a plot that means something much more for Carmen and her family than it does for the outsider. However, with a bit of context behind it, the image lets the outsider in on something very personal to Carmen, her mother and her grandmother.