We have a situation. This recently acquired photograph is very quickly becoming one of our favorites. We have always made great efforts to be as accurate as possible in our caption information, and we have always encouraged our viewers to contact us if information presented is incorrect. According to our information this photograph that we call “Dreamers” (no relation to the Dream Act) was taken in New Jersey in 1947.
While the world is focused on the plight of Syrian refugees and others from African countries seeking asylum in Europe, the situation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for safety in Malaysia goes relatively unreported. DPI is fortunate to have a photo essay, School of Rohingya in Malaysia, contributed by photojournalist Samsul Said who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
Editorial photography presents difficulties in two basic areas. The equipment. In past decades, photographs taken by paid staff photographers from the media had a distinct advantage compared with amateur equipment as the costs were beyond the reach of the average person. Improvements in digital photography regarding camera phones as well as digital cameras with wi-fi ability has made it possible for photographers to capture both still images and HD video and distribute it worldwide in real time. As a result, paid staffers are being replaced by freelancers and stringers as an increasing number of print media outlets no longer see the need to retain large payrolls. The problem of quality of the images will always separate the professional from the amateur. It is not enough to simply possess the equipment, but rather the talent behind the lens which makes one photograph superior to another.