Sir Harold Evans guest edits the Journal

01 February 2017

The RPS Journal

Image credit: Jason Bell HonFRPS

Sir Harold Evans, a recipient of The Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal and former editor of The Sunday Times and The Times, guest edits The RPS Journal this month.

In a barnstorming special issue, Evans heads up a focus on the importance of photojournalism in this ‘post-truth’ world.

Specially-commissioned portraits of Evans, by Vanity Fair photographer Jason Bell HonFRPS, are also in the issue.

Evans, who is editor at large at Reuters, spoke to us about how the rise in social media has stripped away at the budgets needed to send photographers to the places and events that we need to witness:

‘Social media algorithms and digital image manipulation are the mechanics by which lies and untruths are believed.

‘But it’s not just about that. Social media sites take away the revenue that enabled newspapers to send photographers into far away places to get a good record of what’s happening. Sending a photographer to cover chemical bombing in Syria – that’s expensive. Facebook has deprived that media of the means to do this. We are much worse off.’

Also in the issue, we’ve gathered just a few of the press images that have changed the way we think about the world, from the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 to the horrific impact of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in 2016.

Plus, media commentator Ian Burrell analyses the way our views of President Trump have changed – via the world’s biggest magazine covers.

The only way to get a copy of this historic issue is to join The Royal Photographic Society.