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.
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I was interviewed by Nikon for their Ideas and Inspiration feature, about the Modern Day Rosie the Riveter portrait series. The original intent was to do a day-in-the-life type story on multiple women working in railcar manufacturing, however due to restraints regarding time and access, we decided to pursue a documentary style, storytelling portrait series. – Women Can Build tells the story of the extraordinary women who are building our 21st century transportation infrastructure — including trams, rail, buses, bridges and roads. – These women are extremely capable, strong, and beautiful. They are challenging stereotypes everyday and are role models for millions of women across the country. – Swipe to see all images. Link to @NikonUSA in the bio – #nikon #nikonusa #nikonambassador #womencanbuild #ModernDayRosies #photography #portraits @jobstomoveamerica @natgeocreative
“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