Edward H , Jul 05, 2004; 04:57 a.m.
I work at a newspaper myself so I consider myself a photojournalist.
The difference, to me, is that the documentary photographer interacts with its subjects. Asking them questions and such. Rodriguez behavior, on the other hand, kinda stinks of studio photography. A person filming a documentary will interact with the subjects, asking them questions and this and that. Etc.
The photojournalist, like us newspaper folk, don't say anything. The best thing for a newspaper person to do is to not exist. At most I can imagine the photographer smiling to show that s/he is human and to make the subjects feel a bit more secure. Something like that.
I keep thinking about a WONDERFUL documentary, "War Photographer", about James Nachtwey. He, at most, shook the subject's hand and then started/continued shooting.