Simon Norfolk
[Photographer, b. 1963, Lagos, Nigeria, lives in Brighton, England.]

 A picture that is ghostly and silent can be more eloquent and less clichéd than a “noisier” photo-journalistic approach and I have attempted to make pictures that whilst they are not “documentary” in the traditional sense, they are still documents, like forensic traces. 

W. Eugene Smith
[Photographer, b. 1918, Wichita, Kansas, d. 1978, Tucson, Arizona.]

 [I am] always torn between the attitude of the journalist, who is a recorder of facts, and the artist, who is often necessarily at odds with the facts. 
 I think photojournalism is documentary photography with a purpose. 

Donald McCullin
[Photographer, b. 1935, Finsbury Park, London, lives in Somerset, England.]

 You cannot walk on the water of hunger, misery, and death. You have to wade through to record them. 

Andy Grundberg
[Critic, curator, and educator, lives in Washington, D.C.]

 Facts cling to photographs like dust. 

Eugene Richards
[Photographer, b. 1944, Dorchester, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 Photojournalist? With a few exceptions, those of us working as photojournalists might now more appropriately call ourselves illustrators. For, unlike real reporters, whose job it is to document what’s going down, most of us go out in the world expecting to give form to the magazine, or to newspaper editor’s ideas, using what’s become over the years a pretty standardized visual language. So we search for what is instantly recognizable, supportive of the text, easiest to digest, or most marketable—more mundane realities be damned. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson
[Photographer and painter, b. 1908, Chanteloup, France, d. 2004, Paris.]

 One cannot be thinking about the page layout while one is actually shooting a story. 

Larry Towell
[Photographer, b. 1953, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, lives in Lambton County, Ontario, Canada.]

 … photojournalism has its tremendous rewards and it’s wonderful work. In what other work can you wander aimlessly with a camera around your neck, armed only with your personal interest and your eyes? 
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