The War In Hipstamatic

Foreign Policy magazine commissioned a photo journalist report The War In Hipstamatic on the war in Afghanistan. Their tool of choice? The iPhone and Hipstamatic.

This kicked up a storm of controversy with ‘real’ journalists because somehow the use of Hipstamatic was not compatible with serious journalism. Leaving aside the question of whether photo journalism should be considered journalism at all, this neatly ignores both the long tradition of artists depicting war (Picasso’s Guernica or Goya’s Executions of the 3rd of May come to mind) as well as the inherent creative acts of photographic composition and selection.


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