How I Learned Not to Be a Photojournalist by Dianne Hagaman

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A photojournalist bored with daily newspaper work, Dianne Hagaman set out to do a project that would be freer and more complete. She began by photographing alcoholics on the Seattle streets, then moved to the missions where they seek food and shelter and to the churches whose members volunteer to work in the missions. Hagaman's understanding of her subjects grew more complicated as she started to reconsider the nature of religion in America more generally - including the role of the media, hierarchy, sexism, and evangelism. She found that she had to change the way she photographed and, more important, her conception of what constituted a "good photo." Hagaman begins by describing the practices of contemporary photojournalism. Then, through these fifty-nine photographs, she tells how she painfully unlearned the professional skills that had served her as a journalist but prevented a full visual analysis of social reality. This engaging photographic essay combines an intimate knowledge of photography with a critical view of the organizational basis for its practice. Hagaman's progressive liberation from professional constraints will have meaning for anyone who analyzes society: social scientists, journalists, writers, and, most of all, photographers.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published April 30, 1996 by Univ Pr of Kentucky. 149 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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When you are assigned to a funeral, for example, you know that everyone at the paper will be pleased if you make a photograph of people hugging at the side of the coffin."" Having gotten her job at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer through photographs she took at a reservation in Idaho, she turned t...

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