Work for AFP on the recent unrest in Milwaukee, WI. (All images copyright Cengiz Yar/AFP)
Work for AFP on Mike Pence's rally in Milwaukee, WI. (All images copyright Cengiz Yar/AFP)
Sunday June 26th - 8 PM - Chicago Kurdish Cultural Center (KCC) in Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL
Cengiz will be presenting a selection of his work from the Middle East and speaking about his experiences documenting the Kurds both in Iraq and Syria. There will be a Q/A session after the presentation.
*post updated with photo from the event*
I'm sure there's some confusion out there as to what Twitter should be used for when it comes to photojournalism. There are certainly enough questions and answer guides when it comes to everyone's else using Twitter. Even giant corporations paying money for people to run their accounts just can't seem to get Twitter right. So should photojournalists use it and if so, how? It's always a bit offsetting to learn a new medium and like anything else takes time. Is the learning curve and time worth it and what would a photographer even use Twitter for: broadcasting work, connecting with other photographers, getting clients, creating content, curating content, sharing locations, following breaking news?
If you don't want to spend time on it, don't. You certainly don't need to.
As with most social media tools, there isn't really a right way to use Twitter, but it's important to realize that it's another tool out there. (there are plenty of wrong ways to use it) If you don't want to spend time on it, don't. You certainly don't need to. If you're out there making photos and continuing to push yourself than you're doing exactly what you should be and don't let Twitter or any other social media get in the way of that. If you were doing fine before Twitter then don't break your back about using it now. But for those of you getting into it and wanting to know how and what Twitter can be for photojournalism, my best advise would be to use it as a platform to stay informed and follow other photographers. Use it to learn and find those opportunities you might be missing.
I recently unlocked a private list that I built of photojournalists and related Twitter users. I've found it to be an incredibly useful collection and hopefully some of you will too. You can follow it through this link or follow the individual members through this link.