Photojournalist Visit

Published 4 May 2023

Last week, Year 8 were fortunate to have a visit from a photojournalist who spoke about her life and work.

Clare Kendall is an award-winning photojournalist who has worked all over the world. She spoke to students about the different ways photographs are used to tell a story, and how important it is that a photo is not only impactful but also gives someone a really clear sense of the whole of the event, often without having to read the article itself.

Clare talked about the difference between a photo that might appear on the front page of a newspaper as opposed to a collection of images that might accompany a feature article. For example she used photographs from her trip to Canada and the Inuit people there to explain how a group of photographs might help illustrate climate change. It was heartening to be told that whilst some picture corrections might be used, published photographs in recognised publications will not use Photoshop, although that will not be the case for images found in lots of other places.

Of all the photographs students were shown, I think it was probably those of the pandas in the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre that were all our favourites!

We are very grateful that Clare was willing to give up her time and talk to the students – this was a fascinating addition to their recent journalism work in English lessons.

Mr Randall