Roy Greenslade, over at the Guardian has picked up the lament of one Neil Burgess, a photo agency boss concerned about the decline of photojournalism. Greenslade quotes Burgess:
"Magazines and newspapers are no longer putting any money into photojournalism...Today I look at the world of magazine and newspaper publishing and I see no photojournalism being produced."
You can read the full post here, but what I found most interesting is the fact The Guardian chose to illustrate the story with this graphic (right). Many of you will instantly recognise it as Robert Capa's iconic 'Death Of A Militiaman'.
Capa was lauded in 1936 when he revealed a photo which he claimed captured the exact moment of death of a soldier fighting in the Spanish Civil War. But the validity of the picture has always been the cause of much speculation. More recently critics have condemned it outright as a fake.
So I'm not sure whether The Guardian is therefore using this photo to suggest photojournalism has been on the rocks for at least 74 years, has always been open to 'gaming', or could ever justifiably be conducted at the expense of the truth.
Either way, it doesn't make a strong case for wanting to preserve it, which is a shame because there are a great many which do.