Anyone can take pictures, right? That’s the attitude of many newspaper CEOs that have chosen to eliminate their photography staff. But the French newspaper, Libération, has stood up for photojournalists everywhere. How? By publishing an entire issue without photographs.
“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération is published without photographs. In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one. It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper. [A newspaper] without sound, without this little internal music that accompanies sight,” one of the newspaper’s journalists, Brigitte Ollier, wrote.
While empty boxes mark the places where images should be, the newspaper also included a statement about those empty boxes and the importance of photography.
Read their statement and more about the issue at the British Journal of Photography.