Donald Weber: Making Pictures About Something vs. Pictures of Something

In a nutshell, what does the work of a photojournalist or documentary photographer entail? Canadian photographer Donald Weber summed it up nicely in his opening statement for a VICE Picture Perfect episode on photographing the Fukushima disaster. “I love photography, but I’m not really interested in a picture. There’s a difference between pictures of something, and pictures about something. And I wanted to make pictures about something.” Among his biggest bodies of work that best drive this point across draw the parallels between the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima.