The Street Photography and Photojournalism focus groups have merged into one and is now officially called Street/Photojournalism/Urban/Documentary focus group now know as S.P.U.D.
This group does not have a regular meeting time. When we do meet we usually meet in the Training Room at the Bloomington Police Department. Please check the club calendar or contact one of the group Coordinators concerning future meetings.
Street Photography is carried out with the intent of recording random events that occur in public places in an unobtrusive manner that does not influence or affect the actions of the subjects of the photograph. One of the ironies of street photography is that it does not have to be conducted on a city street or in an urban environment but can also be pursued at county fairs, festivals, farmer's markets, rodeos and other public events and gatherings. Timing and framing are critical elements of street photography technique. The sought after prize is a well seen, well composed, precisely captured decisive moment that is recorded for posterity in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing composition.
Photojournalism is the collecting, editing and presenting of photographic imagery in order to tell a specific story, whether through a news media outlet or for a project of the photographer's personal interest. Photojournalists must comply with a rigid framework of ethical principles that require the images to be created and presented by objective, impartial and truthful methods with no post processing techniques that manipulate or alter the content or presentation of the images in a way that changes the essence of their original meaning. Photojournalists must adhere to protecting the factual integrity and accuracy of their images above all other considerations.
Documentary Photography has close ties to both street photography and photojournalism in that all three genres engage in the chronicling of events for future reference. A documentary photo project differs from photojournalism in that photojournalism is usually conducted under the demands of a deadline for publication or inclusion in the news cycle; a documentary project can go on for many weeks, months or even years and can be created with much greater depth than the photojournalist's news story. Documentary photography shares common ground with photojournalism but may also be artistic or academic in nature, or may be the leisure activity of the photographic hobbyist.