The French newspaper Libération published its entire issue yesterday without photographs. It was aimed at showing the importance of photography at a time when photojournalists are being laid off while continuing to risk their lives in conflict zones.
The paper explained its reasoning in a front page statement:
Libération vows an eternal gratitude to photography, whether produced by photojournalists, fashion photographers, portraitists, or conceptual artists. Our passion for photography has never been questioned – not because it’s used to beautify, shock or illustrate, but because photography takes the pulse of our world.
Instead we give photography the homage it deserves. Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living.
It was timed to coincide with the opening day of Paris Photo stating simply, “To choose Paris Photo’s opening day to ‘install’ these white images highlights our commitment to photography. It’s not a wake, we’re not burying the photographic art…”
Some interesting and varied responses here in the comments section. Scary stuff.