Is it possible to see objectively?
The definite purpose of objectivity is to form a true representation of the world but objectivity is no certification of truth. The truth as you see it might be dissimilar to the truth as someone else sees it. There are always diverse sides to it. And not anyone is truly ever objective. Everyone has their own opinions. Everyone has their own biases. And Everyone sees the world over their own experiences.
Photojournalism has always been considered to have a practice of reflecting the truth, accuracy, objectivity.
But, does a photojournalist represent “objectively?”
In 1968 Photojournalist Larry Burrows photographed Ngwyen Thi Tron, a twelve-year-old south Vietnamese girl who had lost a leg following an attack by US helicopter in free-fire zone.
Photojournalist Burrows befriended Thi Tron and documented her recovery as she learned to use an artificial leg and adjust to home and village life that was published in LIFE which invoke empathy amid readers to help her family.
Then, what makes it objective?
As a visual journalist, It’s essential to look into the happenings objectively. But as a human being it is difficult to separate our lives from our works.
I don’t think I can be completely objective. I think everyone is subjective about the way he or she respond to the others.
So It will be effective if we try to reduce the subjectivity and increase the objectivity to see the world.
Framing Compassion, Liam Kennedy (2012)