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Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism
Title | Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism
Author | Howard Chapnick
Type | Book
Rating | 10
Notes | Nothing has more power to communicate the destruction and despair of our time than the documentary photograph. The Tiananmen Square massacre, the Kent State shootings, the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement - these events have been indelibly etched in the minds of Americans through the work of photojournalists. In Truth Needs No Ally, Howard Chapnick, one of the giants of contemporary photojournalism, offers a historical, philosophical, pragmatic, and inspiring look at the profession. From the exhilarating early years of LIFE and Look magazines, through the explosion of photographic technology, Howard Chapnick takes us through the fascinating history of documentary photography. He discusses the modern capacities for computerized manipulation of photos and argues passionately for unflinching ethical standards on the part of photographers and editors alike. Filled with lively anecdotes from the author's fifty-year career and written in an engaging, personal style, Truth Needs No Ally covers myriad practical, creative, and ethical issues, including professional conduct, challenges facing women and minorities in photojournalism, developing a portfolio, cultivating a personal style, and government manipulation of the media. With dozens of photographs - many in color - representing photographic journalism at its best, Truth Needs No Ally is the definitive book on photojournalism by a master of the craft.
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Wesley R. Bush Photographer
Nashville | TN | U.S.
Comments | [10/01/04] I can't let this one sit on the shelf without my name by it. Buy it, borrow it, steal it. Do whatever you need to do. Great book for the learning phojo.
Rating | 10

Matt Hevezi Photo Editor
Camp Pendleton | CA | USA
Comments | [08/28/04] I found this book VERY difficult to put down once I started it. If you are a photojournalist and have not yet read it, please buy it or check it out at your local library. If you have read it and it is sitting on your shelf collecting dust, please pass it to another. Please don't let this read pass you (or a fellow PJ) by.
Rating | 10

Stanley Leary Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA
Comments | [08/11/04] Howard Chapnick had a major impact on my life. Many of the tidbits he taught through the years are part of this book, making it a must have book for the photojournalist.
Rating | 10

Travis Mathews Photographer / Student/Intern
Columbia | MO | USA
Comments | [03/29/03] Should be on everyone's bookshelf. A great book, especially for those starting out in the field.
Rating | 10

Yuli Wu Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI
Comments | [03/24/03] This is a great book. Howard Chapnick does a great job of explaining the field of photojournalism. If you are new to the field or a veteran this is a great book for you to read.
Rating | 10

Chris Stanfield Photo Editor
Columbia | MO | USA
Comments | [03/05/03] I've had this book on my shelf for years and have read and re-read most of it for quite some time. I couldn't imagine not offering this book to those seeking a job as a photojournalist. I found the book to be both inspirational and straight forward regarding the challenges and rewards that come with the job.
Rating | 10

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