Pulitzer Prize-Winner Deanne Fitzmaurice had just finished judging the College Photographer of the Year in Missouri, when she jumped on a plane to join the faculty at the Summit Sports California Photography Workshop near Malibu, CA. While she was in transit, a prominent photo editor started a discussion on Facebook over whether the desaturated look of the winner, Mathias Svold, adhered to the standards of photojournalism.
“Photojournalism is evolving,” she said. “I think there are different ways to tells stories, and we don’t have to be formulaic about it.” Fitzmaurice says that during the course of the judging, the issue of tonality never came up because the images stood on their own.
In this interview we chat about:
- CPOY judging and the evolving nature of photojournalism
- Ethics in photojournalism
- Starting a career in freelancing
- Sexual harassment and what it means for photography
- The future landscape for photographers