Do pictures speak a thousand words? One look at the photo essay on Hurricane Katrina and its devastation should convince most of us. Not only bad news, but some of the good that happens around the world captures our eye when it is captured through a photographer’s lens.
I don’t think anyone can explain why a still photo still holds sway when there are more animated ways to capture news. Perhaps because a picture is news without words; perhaps it’s the silence that makes us ponder for a while.
Whatever the reason is, today every online news source gives a due place to photos, picture galleries, and slideshows. The photo journalist himself is a revered guy in the news field.