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Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Photo Journalist, The

01/17/1959

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Series
Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People
Program
Photo Journalist, The
Program Number

6

Series Description

Louis Lyons hosts this series of programs that discuss the problems and performance of the American Press in reporting leading questions of the day. Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Series Description: Louis Lyons hosts this series of programs that discuss the problems and performance of the American Press in reporting leading questions of the day.

Guests: W. Eugene Smith; Photojournalist, Magnum Photos, Life Magazine (1943-1954); Dan Weiner, Photojournalist, contributor to New York Times, Fortune, and Colliers; Cast: Penn Kimball; Lillian Balboni; Donald Born; Bob Jones. Discussed is Weiner’s work photographing the Montgomery Alabama Bus Strike, its organizer Dr. Martin Luther King, and both supporters and opponents of the strike. Weiner notes that he was ultimately disappointed with the photo series, because his photos were used out of context, thereby lessoning what Weiner sees as their historical importance.

Touching on a common theme of the series, that of the journalistic mandate clashing with the social, cultural, and educational mores of its audience, Weiner discusses three subjects photojouranalists are dissuaded from covering: Geriatics; Africa; and Eastern Europe. He conceeds that print journalists cover the subjects, but that photographs are often avoided when stories are written about these topics.

Smith warns of the dangers he sees in the ability of photojournalism to be exploited when photos are used without proper context. He cites his refusal to photograph the events of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, because he felt his photos would not have be given the proper background context to provide a complete analysis of an event of such great historical significance. Because of his concern over his works not being given proper contextual support, Smith resigned from Life magazine in 1954. He also briefly discusses some of his works that were not published because of not “passing the censors.” Of note, a photo of Japanese children in a United States Naval detention center.

Duration

00:29:24

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Talk Show
Topics
Public Affairs
Citation
Chicago: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Photo Journalist, The,” 01/17/1959, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0BBAB85C22D1451C86E6DCCF2B528423.
MLA: “Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Photo Journalist, The.” 01/17/1959. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0BBAB85C22D1451C86E6DCCF2B528423>.
APA: Press And The People, The: An Inquiry Into The Work Of The American Press In Informing The American People; Photo Journalist, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0BBAB85C22D1451C86E6DCCF2B528423
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