Photojournalism as a practice is rooted in a particular set of rules, but the ways in which those images are produced, distributed and consumed have seen tremendous change. As both technology and publishing strategies have evolved, more people than ever before are seeing and interacting with photographs of unfolding events from around the world, often in near real-time. Are we entering a new ‘golden age’ for photojournalism? Or does this apparent growth conceal a more complicated picture? The next Photo-Forum brings together two photojournalists – one a veteran of the industry, the other a rising star – to present a selection of their work and to reflect on how the industry has, and continues to change.
Peter Macdiarmid is a news, corporate and commercial photographer based near London. Born in Scotland in 1964, he began his career thirty years ago with local newspapers in south London. He later progressed to cover assignments all over the world for The Independent and The Daily Telegraph newspapers, and worked for Reuters before joining Getty Images as senior news photographer for ten years. Together with John Moore and Chris Hondros, he was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Arab Spring. He now works for London News Pictures.
Jack Taylor is photojournalist based in London working primarily for Getty images. He covers news and features in both in the UK and abroad for Getty. His personal work ranges from stories on the make-shift migrant and refugee camp in Calais, known as the Jungle, to a community of Tibetan exiles living in Nepal. Other clients include Save the Children, Agence France Press and The Times newspaper. Last year he was awarded IB Times’ Photo Essay of the Year for his work on the Notting Hill Carnival.