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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Objectivity in photojournalism

Objectivity in photojournalism is the ideal of presenting the facts and reality of a situation without any distortion, bias, or personal opinion. Photojournalists are expected to follow a code of ethics that instructs them to avoid presenting their own biases in their work and to resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities. However, achieving objectivity in photojournalism is not always easy or possible, as there are many subjective factors that influence how a photo is taken, selected, edited, and published. Photojournalists have to make choices about what to shoot, how to frame it, what to emphasize, what to exclude, and how to caption it.

These choices can affect how the audience perceives and interprets the photo, and can create emotional or political effects that may not reflect the truth. Therefore, objectivity in photojournalism is more of a goal than a reality, and photojournalists should strive to be fair, accurate, and transparent in their work while acknowledging the limitations and challenges of their medium.

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