As a photojournalist, you should make your subject — and not yourself — the focal point of your work. Think of it this way: nobody wants to hear about the hardships you endured to photograph the starving child or the earthquake survivor. And viewers don’t want to hear about how much you care about the plight of your subject, either. At best, that kind of attitude comes off as extremely self-centered; at worst, as dangerously narcissistic. As a photojournalist, your job is to connect the subject to the viewer in a way that allows the viewer to see the subject as a fellow human, not an object or a statistic.
Pictures — How to Make Them
Kenneth Jarecke
1942

A photograph is a visual stimulus that should trigger an emotion in the viewer. What kinda emotion is less important. Fellow human, connecting viewer with whatever- all bullocks my friend. Yes, a photographer can be self centered or narcissistic. But the photographer is not connected to the photo he/she took . At least not in the mind of viewer. And while I also don’t give a dam about the hardship or whatever the photographer had to go through… many, many, many people love to read the story behind a photograph and about the photographer and they devour all BS photographers can be rambling about with great appetite…But that’s just my 2 cents on this.

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