The Digital Journalist
The Best From
Visa Pour l'Image 2007
August 2007

by Jean-François Leroy

It's difficult to work in Iraq. It's difficult to work in Somalia. In Iran. In Afghanistan. In Chechnya ... It's not only difficult for photojournalists to work it's also difficult for them to get their work published. Magazines want celebrities, celebrities and even more celebrities. Once again Perpignan is going to take the opposite stance. Yes, there are still real photojournalists and yes, there are still some real news features. We are going to show them and even if people think we are the last of a dying breed we will continue to show the excellent work of these photographers.

For 19 years people have told me time and time again that photojournalism is ailing, dying even, but I am convinced that it is the press that is sick. Once again, we are going to show just that.

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Jean-François Leroy is a photojournalist and the Director and Founder of the annual 'Visa pour l'Image' photo festival in Perpignan, France, which he created in 1989. He is also manager of Images-Evidence, through which he works with the Hachette Filipacchi Group. A former photographer for Sipa Press, his work has appeared in various publications. In 1989, Leroy collaborated with Yann Arthus-Bertrand to produce "3 Days in France," a portrait of France 150 years after the invention of photography. He has been a member of the World Press Photo jury.

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