Assistant Managing Editor Michele McNally, who oversees photography for The New York Times, is answering questions from readers June 22-26. She previously answered questions in July 2006. Questions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. McNally joined The Times as director of photography in June 2004 and was promoted to assistant managing editor in July 2005.( Collapse )
A. Mr. Martinet: I am glad to hear you find the pictures inspiring.
I believe that the role of the photographer has already changed. Whereas photographers were always crucial in making events tangible and enhancing storytelling, now they explore a subject on multiple platforms. For years newspapers have had photo columns that were always in the photographer's voice, now the photographer can do audio over the pictures — truly in his or her own voice. A fine example of this is Bill Cunningham.
A photographer can suggest an idea, do the research, shoot the pictures, and shoot video as Chang Lee did here.
The newsroom is an ever-changing place and traditional roles no longer apply. The photojournalist of the future needs to be flexible and ready to go in any direction.
Thanks for your good question.