Arthur Pollock is a master of photojournalism. Arthur’s son Jesse Pollock (see his work at Hamburger Eyes) has brought his father’s work to a new audience. Photographs focused on Boston and New England form stories of 1970s and 80s life.
Much journalism today is the antithesis of the ‘show and don’t tell’ mantra, taking the reader towards the emotive writer’s literal airbrushing. At its best photojournalism is in-depth, looking at the subjects in their environment – the camera an extension of the journalist’s objective gaze.
“Photojournalists don’t really like to talk about their work as art because it’s more of a group dynamic; you’re on a team. It’s blue collar, like a firefighter. And you don’t say, ‘I’m the best firefighter.’ It’s hard for him to put his work out there like that. He doesn’t think of it as art. He’ll think of it as a photojournalism exhibition. The nearest art category you could throw it into is street photography, but I don’t think of it like that. It has a hard, journalistic viewpoint at heart.”
A great book of Arthur Pollock’s work is available at unpiano.com.