Top 10 Photojournalists

TopTenz has a list of ten (of course) photojournalists whose names you might not know, but they brought us pictures you will always remember. Many of them risked their lives for those photographs -David Seymour, for example.
In 1933 he landed his first job as a freelance journalist and from there his career took off. He was able to capture moments during the Spanish Civil War as well as during unrest in Czechoslovakia. In 1939 he took photographs of Loyalist Spanish refugees who journeyed to Mexico. When WWII began, Seymour was in New York but enlisted in the army in 1940 where he worked as a photo interpreter in Europe. In 1942 his parents were killed by Nazis, which lead him to help UNICEF document the plight of refugees, especially children.

Even though he was well known for his war photographs of orphans, he later got into photographing celebrities. While covering the 1956 Suez War, Seymour and fellow photographer Jean Roy were killed by machine-gun fire.


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As Cartier-Bresson often observed, a great photo document is one that is taken at the decisive moments. There are certain photographers on that list who clearly believed the same thing. There are, however, others on the list who were prone to carefully posing their subjects. To me that isn't photojournalism - photojournalists should capture what is real. Posing a shot is no more journalism than inventing a story. London bus found on moon, anybody?
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