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Consumer Art Work

Consumer Art Work

February 12, 2014

David O.

Artwork is on display at Enrich of Ionia at 343 West Main Street Ionia, Mi.


David O. a consumer at Ionia County Community Mental Health had been a photojournalist for more than 30 years, starting at the Ionia Sentinel-Standard while attending Ionia High School.  He has worked at Michigan newspapers in Greenville, Holland, Muskegon and Grand Rapids and has received state, regional and international awards for his work.  He now lives in Ionia, where besides photography, he also pursues his other passion that as a magician-performing magic at schools, festivals and private parties. 



Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication) that creates images in order to tell a news story.  It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, and in some cases to video used in broadcast journalism.


Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (such as by the qualitites of:


Timeliness- The images have meaning in the context of a recently published record of events.

Objectivity- the situation implied by the images is a fair and accurate representation of the events they depict in both content and tone.

Narrative- the images combine with other news elements to make facts relatable to the viewer or reader on a cultural level. 


Like a writer, a photojournalist is a reporter but he or she must often make decisions instantly and carry equipment, often while exposed to significant obstacles (physical danger, weather, crowds).


Photojournalism uses all the qualities and knowledge of commercial photography.