6 Famous Photojournalists You Should Know and What Inspires Them

 A photojournalist’s job is to use pictures to share a new perspective through storytelling.

Their pictures tell a narrative much greater than one thousand words. As the nation’s photo archivist company, ScanMyPhotos is always studying the power of photography and is especially connected with photojournalism as we have a passion for picture taking and current events.   

To showcase how to communicate an event through photographs, we compiled this list of our six favorite experts. Each one is articulate, an artist, and expressive.

Photographers are under a lot of pressure these days to produce high-quality content quickly and cheaply.

Their goal is to capture interesting moments that would otherwise go unnoticed and use the highest ethical standards to not become the story or shape what is in front of the lens. Their camera is another reporter’s pen or keyboard.

People are distracted by the “fake news” mantra as journalism matters more than ever. Telling people not to trust the media is a dangerous path — it harms the vital trust in a free press. Pictures (photojournalism) are accurate and a tool to spotlight current events.


Definition of Photojournalism

Marcus Yam is a roving Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and staff photographer. Marcus Yam, with a warrior’s courage and a poet’s heart, won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.


Marcus Yam, was in Afghanistan during its collapse and took the most famous photographs that were seen around the world. He is “no stranger to war photography, gives a first-person account of what he is seeing in Ukraine.”

LA Times: Yam delivered pictures of unspeakable tragedy and abiding emotion despite a manhandling by one of the insurgents, the near-constant menace of other fighters and the abundant technical hurdles of transmitting images out of a war zone. Yam’s prize was for what the judges described as “raw and urgent images of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan that captured the human costs of the historic change in the country.” He shared the award with four photographers from Getty Images, commended for their “comprehensive and consistently riveting photos of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

“Pulitzer-winning photographer Marcus Yam on capturing tragedy and humanity” [PBS NewsHour].



Krisanne Johnson is an American photojournalist and winner of the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

Early in her career, she worked as a White House photographer for a year before stepping away and developing a unique language that she has since expressed in fields as diverse as fashion, politics and social issues.



Gillian Laub is a photographer and filmmaker.

The photographer, who has documented conflicts around the world, describes her new collection as “the most exposing thing” she has ever done.



Acacia Johnson is a documentary photographer from Alaska, who focuses on human relationships with the natural world.

Acacia received a Fulbright grant to spend a winter on Canada’s Baffin Island, where she developed a love for the Arctic that still influences her work today. Since then, she has used photography to tell stories about human relationships to the natural world, in an effort to inspire wonder and compassion for the earth’s wild places during a time of dramatic climatic and cultural change.



Anastasia Taylor-Lind is a National Geographic photojournalist. 

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist who works for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war.

She is a 2016 Harvard Nieman Fellow and spent a year at the university researching war, and how we tell stories about modern conflict. Anastasia is also a TED fellow and a 2017 non-fiction Logan Fellow at The Carey Institute for Global Good.

As a photographic storyteller, her focus has been on long-form narrative reportage for monthly magazines. She is a National Geographic Magazine contributor, and also works for TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. Commercial clients include DOVE, Wellesley College, P&G, and Always.



Stuart Palley Los Angeles and fine art, documentary, and editorial photographer

Stewart Palley is a photographer, writer, and creator that specializes in environmental, art, and editorial subjects. His specialty is photographing wildfires.




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