In this section, Bill Gentile looks at work from some of his peers, and points out why they demonstrate best practices for Backpack Journalism.
We chose the work of Travis Fox to launch The Backpack Journalism Project because it embodies our definition of Backpack Journalism: “The craft of one properly trained professional using a hand-held digital camera to tell visual stories in a more immediate, more intimate fashion than is achievable using a larger team with a camera person, sound person, correspondent and producer. We do it all and, most importantly, we make the pictures which are the driving force of visual communication.”
Travis understands the visual language and he knows how to speak it. He knows how to use these cameras to drive the stories he wants to tell. His work reveals none of the “spray and pray,” hit-or-miss technique (or lack of) that characterizes and undermines the efforts of so many amateurs.