Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Posts Tagged ‘photo essay

“Gentle Giants”: Paolo Patrizi Goes Behind the Scenes with Sumo Wrestlers

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I found this fascinating photo essay by Paolo Patrizi today while I was browsing the internet. Patrizi used photography to tell the story of the daily lives of sumo wrestlers in Japan, and does a great job with photos like this one.

Chef Tagonishiki prepares lunch at Takasago beya. I found the subject matter extremely interesting, the photos are of excellent quality, and the storytelling has a very clear narrative. The rest of the photos can be found here, and its definitely worth it to take a look at the whole story.


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April 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

Behind the Picture: The photo that changed the face of AIDS

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Behind the Picture: The photo that changed the face of AIDS

In the early 90’s a journalism student named Therese Frere started volunteering at an AIDS hospice and photographed the horrific effects of the disease. Her work was pivotal in changing the public’s perspective on HIV and AIDS. The public viewed it as a controversial disease that effected the outer fringes of society, and had no personal personal effect on them, even though many people were infected unknowingly by blood transfusions and other means.

This essay about a young gay activist, his friend and caregiver Peta, and his parents is utterly heartbreaking and captivating. The images just knock the breath out of you with their crushing devastation. 

Frere’s work contributed to the public’s understanding of the disease and how it can effect anyone.

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December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Portraits of Blind: In their View

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Portraits of Blind: In their View

Jonathan May did this portrait series on blind children in Kenya attending Thika primary school.

The project’s aim is to raise awareness of the struggles of these children.

Each portrait is shown in full vision, and with vision impairment. It gives the viewer a sense of how vision impairment affects the daily life of children.

The portraits are striking and show the strength of the children. I especially like the portrait of Rhoda. She is consumed in her reading, a faint smile on her face.


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November 26, 2012 at 4:01 am

The beautiful work of Maisie Crow

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This audio slideshow, A Life Alone, is by talented photojournalist Maisie Crow. She went to school at Ohio State University. When she was in college she was the 2009 runner-up College Photographer of the Year. She is currently a freelancer.

This audio slideshow is almost painful in its intensity of emotion. The subject is a man who lives alone after the death of his wife. He shares his memories and observations on life. He is an eloquent and profoundly sad individual.

It is really incredible to see the power of photography and audio mixed together in this format. When done well, it can create such an impact to the audience that a written story could not attain.

Crow has a keen sense for hunting fresh stories. Her other videos, photographs, and photo essays,on topics such Prater-Willi Syndrome, Chernobyl workers, and domestic abuse have a fresh angle that makes you look twice.

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November 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

Photographer Matilde Gattoni captures female Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Photographer Matilde Gattoni travelled to Lebanon to seek out the details of the refugees who have fled from Syria as the country is in a violent civil war. She publishes a breath taking slideshow of photos of the women who have fled and live now as “ghosts” being hosted in basements and houses.

ImagePhoto Credit: Matilde Gattoni

On November 8th, more than 11,000 people fled from Syria to neighboring countries. Gattoni humanizes this crisis by telling a story about individuals in the midst of it, telling a story in words and in photographs. For the protection of the Syrian women photographed, all of their faces were hidden.

According to the New York Times, Panos Moumtzis, the United Nations refugee agency official coordinating the response, told reporters in Geneva, where the agency is based, that the latest surge included 1,000 Syrians who reached Lebanon and 1,000 who reached Jordan, bringing the number of registered refugees to more than 408,000 in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Agency officials said a few weeks ago they had anticipated that more than 700,000 Syrian refugees would be living in these countries by year’s end, straining their resources just as the cold Middle East winter intensifies.

For those interested in reading more about the Syrian Conflict or seeing Gattoni’s photos.


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November 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm