Some documentary photographers have called on the government and media organizations, to invest in photojournalism.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the photographers stated this during a panel session at the Abuja International Photo Festival on Monday.
The session tagged; “The role of visual storytelling in conflict resolution, peace and poverty eradication”, ace documentary photographers, Rahima Gambo and KC Nwakor highlighted the importance of a robust photojournalism unit in government and media organisations.
Gambo, who gained prominence for her photography documentary in the North East, noted the photojournalism gap she observed in the media and called for a review.
According to her, news media in Nigeria view images as a supplement to text and have not fully grasped its importance as a stand-alone story.
She said, “Photography documents real human experiences beyond languages. Photographs are mirrors and there is a news photography gap in media houses that need huge investments.
“Photojournalism needs to be properly revived and reformed especially in these times. Government officials need to add photography to their mission to drive social change,” Gambo said.
Also, Nwakor, who specialises in using photography to highlight educational needs, explained the role of photojournalism in curbing fake news.
“Photography is one of the best tools for curbing fake news especially in times like this. This is why an investment in this sector is very important,” he said.
Nwakor also advised photographers to find a balance between exploiting the subject of their pictures and telling stories, adding that this will determine the agenda being set.
Earlier, Osaze Ekhator the festival director, during the opening ceremony, stated that the 2018 edition of the festival will lead conversations on using photography as a tool for national development.
Ekhator said that the aim is to push photographers to understand their roles in nation building, regardless of the aspect of photography they practice.
“We want everyone to be involved in the conversations, especially in the application of photography to social change and development.
“A picture speaks more than a thousand words and we want Nigerians to understand that photographs tell great stories,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ongoing 2018 Abuja International Photo Festival would feature a photo walk, exhibitions and master classes.
Author: Agency Reporter