(Last Updated on : 22/05/2013)
Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (collecting, editing and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates images in order to tell a news story. It is now generally understood to refer only to still images, and in some cases to video used in broadcast journalism. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (like documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by the quality of timeliness, objectivity and narrative. Indian photojournalism can be logically and substantially traced to Homai Vyarawalla, the first Indian woman photojournalist. She was principal in photographing the last days of the British Empire and her work traces the birth and growth of a new nation. Prior to her entrance in this competitive world, there was a time when Indian photojournalism was restricted only to the male bastion. Since the arrival of Vyarawalla, photojournalism has come to become a requisite part of the Indian journalism scenario. Today, it is inculcated within press photography, as also in amateur, individualistic photography. Some of the noted women photographers, who have served for a really extended period of time include - India Today's Shipra Das, the only woman among the magazine's photographers (as of April 28, 2002), Rekha Sriwastava from the Pioneer newspaper also happens to be the only woman amongst counterparts in the daily.
Photojournalism as a Career in India
Pictures are said to arouse the emotion and news content of a story fourfold. The present booming expanding structure of Indian newspapers, be it in any category, is hugely profitable. A reader is automatically attracted to that very special news section containing a meaningful, captivating picture. As such, photojournalists with a keen sense of the inner feel and flair for photographing anything and everything exciting to the onlooker is under great demand. Photojournalism in India is indeed quite lucrative, provided one is determined to make it to the top.