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THE CHRONOLOGICAL STAGES OF PHOTOJOURNALISM The origins of photojournalism can be seen in documentary photography as early as the 1870s People were interested as to what far away countries looked like and what famous people looked like but never had the chance to see them Photographers such as Roger Fenton went out and took photographs of the English troops in the Crimea Over the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Matthew Brady brought together many photographers including Tim O Sullivan to cover the American Civil War 1861-1865 Tim O Sullivan went on to document Nevada and the Rockies All used collodion plates Documentary photography then progressed and went on to show the lives of the poor Dr Bernado hired professional photographers to take photographs of the boys who were brought in to the homes and then these photographs were mounted onto card and sold to raise money for the homes John Thomson in 1877 published a book Street Life in London it contained photographs of the poor people in London There are many elements that contributed to the beginnings of photojournalism the 35mm camera was the main breakthrough and avid new photo reporters were eager to go out and take photographs Editors of newspapers and magazines began to see the potential of photography and how it could make the sales of their newspapers and magazines rise The idea that people could look at the news instead of reading it meant that many more people could understand what was going on in the far reaches of the world Compulsory education for children of up to 10 years of age started around 1880-1890s this meant that far more people could read although not perfectly but enough to read the captions placed beneath the photographs People at the time were fascinated with how people lived in other parts of the world and to be able to see the actual thing
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