What does an iPhone-ified newspaper look like?
Back in May, The Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photo staff (including Pulitzer Prize winner John White) in favor of training its reporters in the art of iPhone photography. The blog SunTimes/DarkTimes has been closely following the paper’s transition, collecting images on its front pages and website.
In a similar vein, former Sun-Times staff photographer Rob Hart started his iPhone-driven blog as a way to chronicle his life after being laid-off. In an interview with Chicagoist, Hart gave his opinion on the paper’s decision:
"Look, an iPhone can be used to take amazing photographs. But not every owner of an iPhone has the ability to capture a moment and tell a story with pictures the way a photojournalist can…I don’t think (reporters shooting pictures with iPhones) will succeed…Everything is done on the cheap. I don’t think anything they do has a chance of succeeding."
A comment on SunTimes/DarkTimes lamented the iPhone-ified paper:
The quality in images is like night and day. Truly saddening to see some of the best talent discarded over some dollars and cents.
FJP: The aesthetic quality isn’t the only thing the Sun-Times put at stake. A strong photograph doesn’t just merely accompany an article or fill up space on a website. Photojournalists in the past have shown us that photos can enhance a story and even tell the tale on their own. I hope the Sun-Times does not lose sight of that. —Kat
Images: Screenshots of newspapers curated by SunTimes/DarkTimes blog.