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Truth Needs No Ally
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Nothing has more power to communicate the 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. From the exhilarating early years of LIFE and Look magazines, through the explosion of photographic technology, Howard Chapnick takes us through the fascinating history of documentary photography. He discusses the modern capacities for computerized manipulation of photos and argues passionately for unflinching ethical standards on the part of photographers and editors alike. Filled with lively anecdotes from the author's fifty-year career and written in an engaging, personal style, Truth Needs No Ally covers myriad practical, creative, and ethical issues, including professional conduct, challenges facing women and minorities in photojournalism, developing a portfolio, cultivating a personal style, and government manipulation of the media. With dozens of photographs - many in color - representing photographic journalism at its best, Truth Needs No Ally is the definitive book on photojournalism by a master of the craft.
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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.

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-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 -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 "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 "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" "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 "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"

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