Ah, but as some have noted, under the tag "CPE" on the popular photo-sharing site Flickr, you'll find over 1500 images from "citizen journalists" depicting the demonstrations. 1500. Clearly, the newspapers' galleries are comparatively sparse not because amateurs aren't taking pictures, but because they're just cutting out the middlemen. Why would Joe Photograph send his pictures to a newspaper for a crappy credit when he can publish them himself, exactly how he wants them displayed?
But 1500 photos is a lot to wade through to find good content, some point out. How do we get the best of the best? Could the newspaper do that?
Probably, but so can Flickr. If you sort the Flickr photos not by "most recent," but by "most interesting," you'll be presented with the cream of the crop, as determined by a mysterious algorithm that considers comments, traffic, and user behavior. Yes, a great photo editor might be able to select and polish with better flair than the Flickr crowd, but the top selections among the "most interesting" photos really are top-notch photojournalism:
- As a group of gendarmes stand and watch a fire, one places his hand on another's shoulder.
- A car overturned at the Sorbonne, surrounded by smoke and graffiti.
- A youth on the ground in Paris, buffeted by the gendarmerie.
- Two ruined ATMs framing the spraypainted slogan (translated roughly), "We are not content."
- Youth and police clash violently on the streets of Paris.