Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' The Boston Photograph '

1346 Words Aug 28th, 2014 6 Pages
What is the true purpose of photojournalism? Is it to show the beauty of the photograph in itself, or to show the devastating disasters of life? Nora Ephron, in her essay, “The Boston Photograph,” is able to distinguish between the two. She believes photos should disturb the reader, causing evocative thoughts. What other purpose do photographs have? Yes, photographs can be exquisite reminiscences of the past, but photographs also can serve the purpose of conveying greater meanings. Her main views on the purpose of photographs are they should never sugarcoat the events of life; if death is captured in a frame, one should not hesitate to publish it; her views on what photographs should and should not be published; and finally, she believes photojournalism can often be much more powerful than any form of written journalism. To support and disagree with Ephron’s argument, I am using a photograph I took myself in India. This photograph depicts the reality of a young boy’s life. In reference to her first view, she believes one cannot sugarcoat life’s happenings. “I recognize that printing pictures of corpses raises all sorts of problems about taste and titillation and sensationalism; the fact is, however, that people die. Death happens to be one of life’s main events” (Ephron, “The Boston Photograph,” 659-660). She has a logical point: People are born each and every day, but people also die each and every day; it is all part of life. Publishing pictures of the reality of life can…

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