Photojournalism is mainly practical form of photography, particularly given the importance of maintaining the integrity of the scene. However, the field of photojournalism may also be measured to be an art form in its own right. Scene composition, choices of angles and lens choices all resolve the impact and power of the resulting shots.
In recent years, more and more art galleries have displayed many pieces of photojournalism, lending it more respect as an art form. Working within the limitations of photojournalism ethics and still producing art can be compared to writing haiku poetry: part of the beauty or impact comes from how the photographer (or poet) works within the genre’s boundaries.
The explanation of photojournalism as art does raise some problems for the rank ethics of photojournalism. While image exploitation is taboo for photojournalists, does this restriction apply to photojournalism used as art? If photojournalism images are manipulated in the name of art, people may be less willing to trust the images they see in newspapers and magazines.