Can Photojournalism Survive the Smartphone Era?
Friday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hyatt Regency Austin
Texas Ballroom 2-3
208 Barton Springs Rd
The role of photography today is more important and ubiquitous than ever before. The smartphone and the internet have democratized photography and publishing. Any image has the potential to go viral and shed light or contribute to the noise of modern life. The transition from analog to digital has been hard for journalism and doubly hard on photojournalists. Entire photo staff layoffs, a shrinking client base, competition from crowd sourcing and cheap stock images have severely threatened the professional news photographer’s ability to eek out a living. Can innovation and partnerships help photojournalism survive the smartphone era?
Former Global Editor for Sports and long time photographer for the Reuters News Agency. Currently Photo Editor at Flipboard.
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Kenneth Jarecke throughout his career has traveled extensively. Having worked in over fifty countries, he’s reporting on tumultuous elections in Haiti, to the fall of the Iron Curtain. He’s put a s...Show the rest
Kenneth Jarecke throughout his career has traveled extensively. Having worked in over fifty countries, he’s reporting on tumultuous elections in Haiti, to the fall of the Iron Curtain. He’s put a sympathetic face on the plight of child soldiers in Mozambique to the suffering refugees trying to escape a drowning, post-Katrina New Orleans. During the winter of 1991, TIME sent Jarecke on a three-month assignment to Saudi Arabia, where he covered the allied war effort in the Persian Gulf. He would eventually spend time on patrol and cover combat duty with the U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne Artillery Corps. His photograph of an incinerated Iraqi soldier, made on Highway 8 north of Kuwait City, stirred a storm of controversy. It remains one of the photographic icons of the Gulf War. While making his home with his wife Souad and their four children in rural Montana, Jarecke continues to shoot cover stories for various magazines on wide ranging important subjects.Hide the rest