Q: How many photojournalists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Two. One to put in the bulb and one to document it happening. Q: How many photographers does it take shoot the first public KKK cross lighting in about 50 years? A: Four.
While controversy looks obvious from the subject of the photos, I will stay out of it politically and analyze the technical aspects, since it's rare to have all, minus one, of the shooting photo staff present at an event.
I've always found it interesting is to view the frames from the same event of different photographers' work. Some are more concealed about their work while others are vocal. In newspapers, work gets revealed eventually. Curiosity got the best of me to see all photographers work laid out. Together.
While the images look similar at first glance it's interesting to see the different nuances that are in each frame. Keep in mind, this is only important to the uber nerdy and possibly only to working photojournalists. I digress.
Mike and Rainier decided to go with on camera flashes (not sure if these particular images had flash fire just putting down thoughts I remember from that night). Zach and Corey did not. Zach and Mike posted similar images while Rainier and Corey posted different and similar images. Color was practically identical which is odd since three different model of cameras were used. Mike, Zach and Corey were positioned more at an angle while Zach was flush. Corey used an arm to layer his foreground. If I remember correctly I think Mike went to the highest ISO at one point to ISO 4000. I think Zach was the slowest shutter speed at 1/60. Zach and Mike shot 24mm on full frame sensors. Rainier shot 17mm on a 1.6 sensor and Corey shot 27mm on a full frame sensor.
What does this all mean to the average viewer? Absolutely nothing. What does it mean to us shooters out there? That photography is unique and a very personal.
Send a different person to the same event and you get a different result. The possibilities of photography are endless. Different angle. Different settings. Different focal points. Depth of field. Moment. Light. Lens selection. ISOs. It can all be used so uniquely to create a different feel and look to capture the same moment. But the most important, capturing the human spirit.