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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (27 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240806107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806105
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you're into photojournalism - or want to get a foot in the door, then this book may provide some inspiration. It is packed with pictures, both well-known and obscure, complete with explanations, hints and tips...Each page of the paperback raises questions for the reader." -

"Not just for photojournalists, this book is packed with useful information for any photographer who wants to shoot meaningful, saleable people pictures." - Photo Stock Notes

"If photojournalism if your passion, then you really should have a copy of this book on hand. .... This is a must have title if you wish to embark on a career in this exciting field. - Shutterbug

"Each picture in this lavishly illustrated volume comes with a helpful annotation on who took it and where, and goes on to describe how it was taken, almost as a private aside to the main text, like a friendly mentor who has your best interests at heart." -

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Professor Ken Kobré directs the photojournalism sequence at San Francisco State University, California. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, San Francisco Examiner, and numerous other publications. Kobre also is the producer of the hour-long documentary "Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists.” Please "friend” Ken on Facebook,, and then "like” the page for "Deadline Every Second,” where you can view the trailer.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laitinen Aapo on 20 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I read Kenneth Kobré's "Photojournalism: The Professional's Approach" a few years back when I was an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Kobré's love of his profession shines through everywhere in the book. His gritty description of the life of a photojournalist actually made me consider a career change and a life as a photographer.

The book has three kinds of chapters: chapters about specific assignments such as spot news and feature, about technical aspects such as strobe (flash), photo editing and the some suggestion about what you should have in your camera bag, and more philosophical topics such as law and ethics. All chapters feature mountains of practical advice and dozens of wonderful pictures. Kobre's tone is friendly, guiding and warmly authorative, never patronizing or trite.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is considering of or studying to become a photojournalist. Not being one myself, I don't know whether those already in the field know all this stuff or if they too might find something useful. People doing photography as a hobby, particularly street photography and the like, are likely to find the book useful and exciting too, but the highish price might be harder to stomach. I certainly think it was well worth it, though.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Photojournalist's bible 18 Mar. 2001
By Louie - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just as Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style" is considered required reading for any writer, Kobre's "Photojournalism, The Professionals' Approach" is an essential instructional manual for the aspiring or advanced photojournalist.
As a working photographer for almost 20 years, I've owned previous editions of Kobre's book and always make it a point to keep one within reach. I recommend it to anyone interested in photojournalism, especially high school and college students. While filled with detailed photographic theory and principles, the format of the book is very easy to follow and introduces fundamentals and advanced techniques with equal ease.
Perhaps my most-read sections are the chapters on ethics and the responsibilities of the photographer to the community they serve. Society requires a photojournalist to be held accountable for their actions; to be honest and compassionate, yet unflinchingly accurate when reporting the news.
Although the price tag is a bit on the high side, the information Kobre shares is priceless.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Almost "The One Textbook" for Photojournalism 7 Mar. 2006
By Jim Peppler - Published on
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I have been using Kobre's excellent book as a text for teaching Introductory Photojournalism ever since the first edition; it has always been the best source out there for teaching and has improved with each edition. I consider the current (5th Edition) is be almost "The ONE Textbook" for learning everything you need to know for understanding and practicing Photojournalism. A bit more on layout and design for Picture Stories would make it perfect.

In my full-time job I've been a full-time staff photographer with a large daily newspaper for over 30 years, and still, I come across something new with every reading of this book.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Tremendously useful; a photojournalist's bible 4 April 2004
By R.J. Corby - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a photography class at Temple University, and it now serves as a wonderful guide and mentor toward all aspects of photojournalism. Readings from this book provided much debate and learning experiences for our class.
For photography students, this book is top notch. For photo editors or freelance photographers, this book may serve as a useful guide, especially in the area of ethics when taking and publishing pictures.
This is a valuable book that will remain on my bookshelf until a new edition rolls out. Through the excellence of this book, the author has earned my loyalty for another edition. Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Book worth keeping! 19 Dec. 2006
By Christopher K. Seid - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wanted to take a Photojournalism course at UCLA extension. But the course schedule conflicted with my schedule (and it was a little expensive). So i looked up and course text book and this was the text. It is very informative and really shows what the photojournalists does. The author really does know his stuff, but he doesn't just share his point of view, he quotes many other journalists too. Covers a lot of material but I particularly like sections regarding what roles photojournalists are to play, the legal aspects of shooting photos and tips to get started in photojournalism. Some bookd are a bore to read and are so superficial and light on material, this one isn't. Interesting photos and good writing makes this a keeper for me. Hope you find it the same way too.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Definitely a must have for any beginner 12 Mar. 2007
By Bryan Herbert - Published on
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Excellent book! I put off buying it for over a year because I thought it was a bit pricey, but less than a month after reading it one of my photos made the front page of our local newspaper.

The book covers everything you need to know to get started, topics include...

- covering news, features, sports, politics & contemporary issues

- narrative picture stories

- finding features & catching candids

- environmental & interpretive portraits

- creative use of the strobe

- digital shooting & darkroom techniques (Photoshop tutorials included)

- concept photography & illustrations

- newsroom politics

- picture editing

- shooting within the bounds of the law

- controversial pictures & ethical discussions

- expanded history of photojournalism

- freelancing & business practices

- internships and after

If bought new the book also comes with a DVD featuring multiple documentary film shorts which to me is worth $20 alone.
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