Synopses & Reviews
Nothing has more power to communicate destruction and despair of our time than the documentary photograph. The Tiananmen Square massacre, the Kent State shootings, the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement-these events have been indelibly etched in the minds of Americans through the work of photojournalists. In Truth Needs No Ally, Howard Chapnick, one of the giants of contemporary photojournalism, offers a historical, philosophical, pragmatic, and inspiring look at the profession.
"Truth Needs No Ally is a unique distillation of a life experience dedicated to photographers. It is also an inspirational handbook for a new generation of photojournalists, a book generously laced with a personal philosophy, a code of ethics and practical career suggestions. It is literate, knowledgeable, up-to-date and useful. It is the contemporary bible for all those who want to become photojournalists, take documentary photographs and create images from imagination."
—Cornell Capa, Director, International Center of Photography
"At a time when we are flooded with the artificial glitz of advertising photography, it is refreshing to find a book that champions the strength of the photograph as document and as agent for positive social change."—Library Journal
The man called "Mr. Photojournalism" by the Washington Post here offers the most comprehensive book available on documentary photography, covering the history and ethics of the craft as well as practical issues for anyone with a serious interest in photography.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-361) and index.
About the Author
Retired president of the Black Star Photo Agency and former monthly columnist for Popular Photography, Howard Chapnick is a fifty-year veteran of photojournalism. He is author or editor of many books, most recently Malcolm X: The Great Pictures. He lives in Somers, New York.