The trouble with truth
Having a chance of reviewing my latest images, I found I have not taken too many photos of people.
Yes, this is true. I do believe no one has the right not to be photographed, but I should not avoid pondering the consequences of taking a risky capture.
When I take a picture of nature and landscape, I try the best to think of people in mind. The images are true records.
I admire the photojournalists who take amazing shots of events in wars and riots. Arthur Rothstein, one of America’s premier of photojournalists, says, “The photojournalist can reproduce fine details, render accurate perspective, emphasize tone or color, and capture the most revealing moment” (Rothstein, A 1974, Photojournalism, Amphoto, New York, p.11)
It is no wonder we are furious to see many governments block reporters and photographers from taking pictures, in events such as the visit of high ranked officials. The strict security measures permit the press to use official photos and footages, no trespassing is allowed.
Why are they doing this?
The reason is far too simple: they are hiding the truth. Being too scared they simply suppress the voice of the photojournalists; as Rothstein states, “the photojournalist … has the power, duty, and privilege to bring light to a darkened world, the light of understanding.” (p.13)