What photojournalism is - and is not

Photojournalism is defined - at least by most standards - as a visual capture of moments that actually happen without direction by the photographer. A staff photojournalist with a publication would, in fact, be fired for manipulating an authentic news scene.
Now, the exception is: portraits, fashion and studio photography...which are also part of what a photojournalist might be called upon to produce for publication. However, the main point is that a photojournalist is highly skilled at capturing fleeting real moments since it is important to the news readership to be able to trust that the real-life moments published truly did happen without manipulation.
About 20 years ago, when photojournalism-style (also called "editorial style") seeped into the commercial photography world, there became something I termed at that time: "fauxtojournalism." This was a style which can appear to look like undirected moments but, in fact, they are highly directed. Subjects are told where to stand and where to look and sometimes how to affect an expression. 

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