French newspaper publishes issue with no photos
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French newspaper publishes issue with no photos

At a time when the journalism industry is struggling to stay in business, photojournalists have been hit especially hard. Earlier this year, the Chicago Sun-Times laid-off its entire staff in favor of giving reporters iPhones.  

The French newspaper Libération showed its support for photographers by publishing its November 14th issue with all the images removed.   

The issue maintains its usual design, but stories are flowed around spaces where photographs would normally be. The series of empty frames creates a stark, noticeable hole of information. 

On the front page, the newspaper explains its decision:

'Libération vows an eternal gratitude to photography, whether produced by photojournalists, fashion photographers, portraitists, or conceptual artists. Our passion for photography has never been questioned - not because it's used to beautify, shock or illustrate, but because photography takes the pulse of our world ... 

Instead we give photography the homage it deserves. Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living.'

See the empty pages in the gallery above, courtesy of the British Journal of Photography.

What do you think of Libération's decision to show the power and importance of photography by removing the images?