ALF Latvian Network in cooperation with Network member “Forum for European Journalism Students Latvia” organized a meeting with Israeli award-winning photojournalists Ziv Koren on 4th of March 2014.
Visitors of the meeting had the opportunity not only to listen to Z. Koren’s story about his experience as photographer, but also to ask questions and participate in the discussion on the role of photography in journalism and how to use photography as a story teller in nowadays media.
During the meeting Z. Koren was telling how and why he has become photojournalists, he explained what it means to be a photographer in conflict regions and what the risks he takes every day while doing his job.
Moreover he shared his views on digital photography pros and cons in regards of photojournalism. He admitted that today it is easy and fast to send recently taken photo to press services thereby just in few minutes after the action has taken place to display it all around the world. At the same time, he acknowledged that digital photography is easy to manipulate with. Z. Koren showed a number of examples where photography is deliberately altered with the help of Photoshop or several cases when print media has published unchecked information, thus giving false reflection of reality. Such manipulations reduce credibility of photojournalism.
Photographer gladly showed his photos from different projects he have had before and told interesting details about the process of capturing stories.
Z. Coren documentary photography projects reflect the humanitarian issues in Israel and in the rest of the world. He has documented the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reflected the problems of poverty, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the earthquake in Haiti, AIDS issues in South Africa, etc. In addition to these current events, he has photographed the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv, where he is working and living in the past 25 years.