I went on a hike today with a well known naturalist and photographer. He carries two or three cameras most days while hunting wildlife. There was one story about a day he and his wife were at the local mountain hotel. Everyone was startled by the sudden appearance of a couple of bears who vanished as quickly as they appeared. Those with cellphones were able to quickly capture the scene but he was not able to act fast enough with his very expensive equipment.
The dawn of the cellphone photojournalist is here and the quality of the photos is perfect for the internet or TV. The fact that these journalists are local and eager to be noticed is the final nail in the coffin of the traditional photo journalist. Print media is a dying as an industry with some magazine or newspaper biting the dust everyday. Evolve or die is the rule and the future is clearly in favor of the local cellphone journalists
Paul Farace: I am visiting Singapore and their art/science museum has a NG special exhibit of 50 best photos. The original image of Ms Gula and her image taken 17 years later are presented in a darkened galley all to themselves... the effect is absolutely stunning and heartbreaking considering the context of the image and the treatment of women by this faction of Islam. I will post an image of this part of the exhibit in Forum/Open Talk. When I first saw the cover in 1985 I fell in love with the raw, simple beauty of the young girl. When discovered later, all that the Taliban had done to Afghanistan was mirrored in her face. I left with a lump in my throat and a pain in my heart. BTW: the photog knew in an instant it was the girl. The photo sparked an immense amount of donations to refugee relief in the region. That should be enough compensation. Twits who think that news images should be considered the same as fashion photos are way off base.
'Twits' Let's see you take an American Child's image use it to sell millions of magazines all without parental consent even in the name of news. I guarantee your legal costs would most likely bankrupt your life even if you won the case. Of course those third world children and families don't have the same legal rights in your eyes! Sharbat Gula's (my mistake in her name below) image is way beyond a simple news photo and National Geographic has used it repeatedly to sell magazines. When this photo was taken it was the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan that was highlighted. It is ironic that it may even have accelerated the CIA's program to arm and train groups that were opposing the Soviets. Groups like those headed by Bin Laden! Ah the unintended consequences of our good will.
For those who are misinformed:
The 'Afghan Girl' was photographed in a refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. In a 'Life Revealed' in 2002 Alum Bibi (the girl's name) said she remembered the moment and remembered her anger at being photographed. She received nothing for the photo or any help from National Geographic or McCurry during her life, she was found 17 years later (Mr Intimbuktu you are wrong). National Geographic established a fund to assist in the development and delivery of educational opportunities for young Afghan women and girls years later. The young Alum Bibi (the Afghan Girl) received nothing when she was as famous as any Ford model or Miss America contestant. McCurry became famous worldwide.
The Afghan Girl any American Model would have millions from royalties for a portrait used as much as this photo. It really makes me uncomfortable to know she didn't get a thing when it would have made a difference in her life. Then McCurry went searching for her some twenty years later I guess he had an attack of guilt.
This thing seems like it might not be real but someone's attempt to attract an audience. I hope DP has verified this story before posting it!