Sunday, June 2, 2013

The latest victims of the digital revolution...

...are staff photographers. The Chicago Sun-Times, the Windy City's leading newspaper, has laid off all its 28 photographers. Reporters for the newspaper are being trained in how to use their iPhones to take better photographs and freelance photographers will also be used according to the Chicago Tribune. Among those laid off was Pulitzer Prize winning Sun-Times photographer John H. White, who won his Pulitzer for feature photography in 1982. The Chicago Sun-Times plans to use more video in future for its online newspaper. I imagine that this news will horrify those seeking a professional career in news photography where I assume it must be already hard to find a job. However, some publications still value excellent photography  for example, the Guardian features a selection of the best images from around the world every day.

Update: A couple of days after this post NZ National Radio interviewed John H, White. You can listen to the interview below.

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