Two Famous Photojournalists

In our experience, knowing something about the history of media helps us do a better job. It provides us with a persepctive about the rich history of journalism and the struggles/obstacles members of the media have faced.  This humanizes them and it humanizes us.  We think that’s a pretty great place upon which to build our relations with journalists, editors, bloggers and photographers.

Photojournalist tell stories. In today's world, the visual messages that stand out as both an art form and media.           

So what makes someone a world famous photojournalist? It isn't the number of years they have been in the profession or how much experience they have. It is the impact their work has had on the world. Two of the most famous and influential photojournalists of all time were Robert Capa and Dorthea Lange.

Robert Capa, born Endre Friedmann, was a Hungarian war photographer, most well known for his coverage of five different wars. Born October 22nd, 1913 in Budapest, Capa originally wanted to be a writer, but eventually grew to love the art of photography. Due to the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jewish journalists and photographers, he adopted the name Robert Capa. With his new American-sounding name, Capa found it much easier to sell his photos.


Over the course of his career, Capa covered five different wars and is best known for redefining wartime photojournalism. He worked on the front line just to get the perfect shot. Unfortunately that commitment was his undoing. While shooting the Indochina War, Capa stepped on a landmine and died at the age of 40.

Dorothea Lange’s photos focused on problems at home in the U.S. Born on May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey, she had a troubled childhood. At the age of 7 she suffered from polio and at 12 her father abandoned the family.

She is best known for her work during the Depression-era for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Her photographs captured and humanized the consequences of the Great Depression. Her most well-known portrait, "Migrant Mother," is an iconic photo from this period that beautifully captured the hardship and pain of what so many Americans were experiencing at the time. Lange gave the world access to the inner lives of these struggling Americans and that is why she will always be remembered as one of the world's greatest photojournalists.

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Photo: Dorothea Lange


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