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LUCIAN PERKINS
I hope that, by looking at my photographs, people will develop a better understanding og the world around them and more empathy with the people in it. - Lucian Perkins - on the question: "How do you define you own role as a photographer?", World Press Photo 1996 by World Press Photo Foundation (Editor), World Press Photo Foundation , Page: 9

I don´t distinguish between documentary and, for example, art photography. In my view, they are the two areas in photography where the best work is made. I believe they have been merging in recent years, which is a positive development. A personal style can convey the artistic the aspect in someone´s work, even if it´s not called art. The advantage photography has over any other art form is its ability to free a moment in time, allowing the viewer to see things which would otherwise remain hidden. Documentary photography presents history, culture and the world around us in a deeper way than any other medium. That can be very revealing, and I believe it is the characteristic that will ensure the future of photojournalism. - Lucian Perkins - on the question: "Do you see yourself as a purely documentary photographer?", World Press Photo 1996 by World Press Photo Foundation (Editor), World Press Photo Foundation , Page: 9

It has both strenghts and weaknesses. The variety of assignments is an important strenghts. A weakness is the danger that it can stifle you. If you're not careful, you can lose sight of your own style. Newspapers tend to want very tight shots. In order to avoid getting trapped in that style, I constantly re-evaluate for myself what I am doing. Fortunately, a lot of barriers have been broken down in the last few years, particularly at The Washington Post. We have a very diverse team shooting exciting stuff, and the newspaper is going for it. It´s opening itself up to different styles, using images that would have been rejected before. - Lucian Perkins - on the question: "In the light of your preference for in-depth coverage, does newspaper photography really suit you?", World Press Photo 1996 by World Press Photo Foundation (Editor), World Press Photo Foundation , Page: 9

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