The basic unit of photojournalism is one picture with words. - Wilson Hicks
I believe that the chief value of photography as a means of communication depends entirely on the ability of the camera to arrest life instantly. It thrills me to speculate how the invention of photography has contributed to the speeding up of human reflexes. The rapidly working camera has sharpened man’s capacity to observe and observe rapidly; it has taught many of us to use our minds to classify visual phenomena in an instant of time; to relate our own attitude to that of the person in front of the camera in a split second. This to my mind is the essence of photojournalism. - Jozef Gross - “A point of view: fact of feeling?” [cited in: Creative Camera March 1968, p. 99]
One of the leading uses of photography by the mass media came to be called photojournalism. From the late ‘twenties’ to the early ‘fifties’ what might have been the golden age of this speciality – photographers worked largely as the possessors of special and arcane skills, like the ancient priests who practiced and monopolized the skills of pictography or carving or manuscript illumination. In those halcyon days the photographer enjoyed a privileged status. - John Szarkowski - Aperture, 13 March 1967 [cited in: Creative Camera January 1975, p. 4]
You have to love this job because the schedules, the emotional ups and downs, the pressures would sometimes be too much of you didn't love it. It's a creative field. If you go to a game and make a good picture or shoot a nice portrait, you go home feeling great, but if you miss something, you go home feeling awful. - Amy Sancetta, Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism (Associated Press Handbooks) by Brian Horton , ISBN: 0071363874 , Page: 16
I am a very emotional person to begin with, but you have to try and control yourself. If you start thinking about what is happening - especially when photographing people who are suffering - and get too involved, you stop thinking as a journalist and you don't take the picture. It's a psychological trick, learning self-control. You have to keep reminding yourself why are there. - Klaus Reisinger - American Photo - September/October 1993 - page 23.
Some photojournalists talk about being a fly on the wall when shooting. I really don't accept that. You have to give of yourself for your subjects to give something back. - April Saul - American Photo - September/October 1993 - page 24.