Alet Pretorius highlights the plight of media practitioners in this piece about adapting to mainstream constraints on the media. She shot a serious of images that capture photographers at work. You should have a look at her whole series of the Zuma Must Fall march that took place in Pretoria.

The news and media environment is changing at a rapid pace.

People get their news from a variety of platforms and the traditional media is struggling to adapt and find its place in this environment. People still want good journalism and great photographs but are unwilling to pay for it in the traditional sense, there also exists a distrust in the media and therefore people prefer to get information from niche sources.


Photo by Alet Pretorius

As media practitioners we are also trying to find our place within this shift. We still want to deliver great content, relevant photographs that explain stories and the world we live in and make a living from it. We have excellent photojournalists in South Africa who sometimes put their lives at risk to get the photographs that reveal the truth. Most of us do it because we believe that no one can ever say “I didn’t know”.

I worked at a newspaper for 13 years and recently made the jump to freelancing. I am still finding my place in this changing environment and therefore I’m constantly assessing my and other photographers’ profession, in the way we approach stories, the stories we choose to do, how we choose to publish, what platforms to use and how to make a living doing something that we really believe in.

Felix Dlangamandla by Alet Pretorius

Felix Dlangamandla by Alet Pretorius

Like most photographers, when I have a problem or a question, I photograph. The photographs do not always answer the question, but it is my way to investigate and analyse. The act of photographing makes us feel better. It calms our nerves.

These photographs are a tribute to people who work in increasingly difficult circumstances, to bring you images of this time of change in South Africa. Without them you would not be able to witness these momentous moments that define our present and future. Without them the future generations will not have an account of how freedom has continuously been defended by the people of this nation.

Simphiwe Jojo Nkwali by Alet Pretorius

Simphiwe Jojo Nkwali by Alet Pretorius

I also covered the rest of the protest. Find the images here:

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