The Impact and Connection with Photojournalism: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Photojournalism

The Ethics and Aesthetics of Photojournalism essay by Author Smolens was filled with different modes of persuasion and used many reliable sources in order to support her argument. Her appeals to the readers emotions are very effective in her argument and allows for the reader to make a stronger personal connection with the topic. She uses a real example of a photograph from war and explains how this image provides true insight for the observer about the topic of war and danger. Her diction also connects with her emotional appeals by using sad words, like grotesque, broken, and scary. In addition, she talks about the media today and how that has an impact on photojournalism. This was powerful because she uses an example that the reader most likely has a lot of knowledge about, which makes this connection between media and photojournalism a lot easier. Further, she uses many different sources to obtain credibility in her essay. Sources like National Press, Code of Ethics, and the New York Times all shared their input on photojournalism and this information was able to support Smolen’s claim. It may be argued that she used too many sources, but the more sources that were provided supporting her claim, the more informed on the topic Smolens seemed to be. Lastly, two photojournalists themselves shared the reasoning for taking these photographs and how they are meant to send out a message to everyone. Overall, the author was successful in explaining her argument and provided the reader with a lot of unknown knowledge.  From this, she delivers the message that observers now need to be aware of this personal connection that occurs through photojournalism and how it is supposed to help individuals.


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