Photojournalist David Burnett explains to The New Tork Times why he continues to rely on film cameras to get distinctive images.
"Everyone is using the same couple of Canon and Nikon digital cameras
and the same three or four lenses," Mr. Burnett said. "And it isn’t
that everyone is using them in exactly the same way, but I started to
notice a sameness in the look of most things I was seeing. Don’t get me
wrong: I think digital is incredible in a lot of ways. For me, digital
has pretty much totally replaced shooting 35-millimeter slides. But as
a photojournalist, you’re just trying to get someone turning the pages
of the magazine to stop for that extra second before they go on to the
jeans ad or whatever. So I started thinking about different looks."
Burnett was often found using a Graflex Speed Graphic during the last presidential campaign. I love the fact that he also uses a Holga. Joerg Colberg of Conscientious, who pointed me to the article, also wraps up some interesting related links. Joerg also wonders about the difference between American and European photojournalism, but I think the Burnett image Joerg shows is more indicative of the influence of fashion journalism. (Check the latest issue of American Photo’s list of "The 100 Most Important People in Photography" to see what I mean. The list is much more laden with fashion photographers than photojournalists.)