Are newspaper photography self-destructing?
Since I retired early from news photography some time ago, the few people I still know who are active in the profession, tell me things are really dire, and they can't wait to get out. The obsession with "celebrity" that afflicts the media seems to have resulted in younger photographers who are invariably "paparazzi
orientated"......running around like panicky headless chickens squirting off ten frames a second on their digis.
The thoughtful, discreet kind of photographer is no longer wanted...it's all "up in yer face" flash on camera rubbish.
If newspaper editors think this is what people want, then how come newspaper circulation continues its steady decline into almost certain eventual oblivion?
And since the "digital revolution"....so many punters are sending in pictures to magazines etc., for free, that some don't even want to pay for professional pictures anymore.
Is this happening in other countries apart from the UK too?...I suspect it is in some form or other.