Arianna Rinaldo, a member Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest jury, the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international photo festival in Italy. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as speaker and teacher.
Why have you decided to become a jury-member of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest?
I have been kindly invited to be part of the Andrei Stein International Press Photo Contest, and was very happy to accept.
I have participated in various “press photo” contests in different countries of the world and I believe it is an interesting view into one’s culture and politics. Seeing how photographers document and view the world around them is always enriching.
What do you think of art elements in documentary photography?
I am in favor of artistic elements in documentary photography, when artistic means creative. Every image is a creation of the photographer, based on reality in the case of documentary of course, but influenced by his or her culture, background and point of view.
In your opinion, what is more important for a photo journalist: a well-thought-out story, or a picture taken in the right place at the right time?
I love story-telling so I appreciate a long term story that has been well developed and thought out, and executed with an original and comprehensible style. Of course, for spot news and daily events, often one great image is enough to communicate the message. All depends on the context and the intention of the photographer: what does he want to portray and how.
What do you think is more important, the image quality or promptness?
Image quality is essential especially nowadays when the production of images is so abundant and low quality images take over our social media. Technically savvy photographers can make a difference in the way they efficiently convey a message. However there are situations, like citizen-journalism, where what is more important is being there at the right time and taking a picture, even in bad quality: in that case THE most important thing is to be witness of an event, however that is not what we generally call photojournalists which is a full on profession.
What should be in a picture to catch your interest?
Good light (dark or bright), interesting subject, movement or elements that create rhythm, but most importantly a good story to tell.
How can photographers become professionally accomplished now that electronic media are winning out over printed media?
Electronic media is good!! Yes, there is less paper to print, less magazines, less money for printed matters, but so many more platforms to show your work, distribute images around the world, get recognition and participate in professional networks that can enrich your work and visibility.
In your opinion, are there any ethical limits in quality event photography (for instance, in photography composition)?
Not sure I understand this question.
If we are talking about documentary photography, the ethical limit it Ethics. The intention of the photographers must be honest, and declared. I am not against staged photography, and what is called “manipulated” (very negative term) images, as long as there is a reason (to better convey the message, to reflect the actual situation, to offer an insight on the particular issue) and it is stated. Not as an aesthetical choice but one with intention.
In your point of view, what kind of a sports story or a sports photo could win the Grand Prix?
Ah, sport photography is not easy, it is very challenging since the stereotypes and clichés are quite common.
I think that the winner could be an image that shows not the “decisive moment!” of a gesture or a win (what we often see) but maybe the moment before or after, the tension, the joy, the sadness. All that surrounds the world of an athlete as a human being, not only a sports person.