Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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Privacy Laws & Street Photography

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Protecting Privacy, Limiting Street Photography

This was a very interesting read. This article talks about the right to people’s privacy and photographers taking pictures in public places. Nick Turpin says, “I believe that what happens in a public place should be a matter of public record, as is the case in the United Kingdom…”

Some people believe that if you’re going to photograph someone, you should ask their permission. However, that really alters the context for the photo; something that photographers do not want to do.

There are some places that have laws in place, like Article 9 in France, that states everyone has a right to their private life. That is conflicting with photographers who take pictures of people in public. People view photographers as suspicious.

The article says, “Ms. Filippetti argued that it was unacceptable to prevent professional photographers from sharing their vision of the world with future generations.”

“Without them, our society doesn’t have a face,” she said. “Because of this law, we run the risk of losing our memory.”

I completely agree with Filippetti. Photography is a source of remembrance in today’s society; pictures tell a story in their own way and bring back the past. If people try to limit that, we may lose moments that could have been preserved through a photo lens. Photography is an important storytelling method.



The right picture is worth more than a thousand words

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This picture is perhaps one of the best examples of  multimedia story telling through a photograph that I have seen to date.

Photojournalists are burdened with the difficult task of capturing a single moment that sums up an entire story. This photo tells a clear story, one of struggle and pain, even without a caption.

The image of the child alone is shocking enough. Obviously the child is mal-nourished and in distress. However, what makes the photograph a Pulitzer Prize winner is that the photographer Kevin Carter was able to capture the buzzard staring at the child. It lays out the picture for you that there is something bigger going on than just the single hungry child. Even the buzzard is hungry enough to venture close to a living being and wait for it to die. Without a caption, you know that this is probably a poverty stricken place and there is probably a famine. 

This photograph completely captures the plight of the Sudan people.


Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Time Travel Project

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The Time Travel Project

This is a link to a series of photos by Flora Borsi called the “Time Travel Project,” in which she inserts herself into iconic images. I thought these were very interesting and kind of funny. Her expressions are priceless. These photographs show some pretty great editing skills on the photographer’s part. It looks as though she is actually in these places at that time. I like how she personalized them and made them into a whole new story, one about what it would be like if she could time travel. It’s very inventive.

Just thought this was a fun use of creativity. It sure seems like Borsi enjoyed doing this.

Boston Marathon

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Boston Marathon

The horrible tragedy in Boston has once again made our nation stand together as one and pray. I found an incredible article in the Time Lightbox, “Tragedy at the Boston Marathon: One Photographer’s Eye Witness Account.”

When things like this happen in our country, or anywhere in the world really, my first instinct is to be sad. My second instinct is to go there and take pictures. People sometimes give photojournalist a hard time for photographing terrible scenes. But the truth is, we wouldn’t care as much, or pray as much, or give as much support if we couldn’t actually see what’s happened. I believe that seeing the terrible scenes and reliving it as though you were there are what brings us together to love and pray and support one another. Basically, cut photojournalists some slack. You need to see how bad it is in order for you to care.

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April 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

“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

An Argument Defending Publishing Graphic Photographs

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While reading all the updates on the Boston Marathon Bombing, I ran across a story that truly resonated with me. This article by Jason Farago on the New Republic website articulates the best argument I have heard explaining why graphic photos need to be published. Farago centered the article around this pervasive photo of a severely injured bystander that lost both of his legs as a result of the bombings:516d8e417f320.image

The photo, which was taken by Associated Press photographer  Charles Krupa, shows  Jeff Bauman being rushed to a waiting ambulance after being injured by the bombs. This photo made Bauman’s father, also Jeff Bauman, aware that his son had been badly injured, after Bauman tried to contact his son unsuccessfully. It is only one example of how photos can positively impact the world. The man in the cowboy hat,  Carlos Arredondo, was at the race handing out flags as a memorial for his son, who died in Iraq in 2004. Because of this photo, he can be recognized for his heroic act of picking Bauman up off the street and getting him help.

In the article, Farago explains the ethical decision making behind the publishing of graphic images such as this one. He articulates the point of view of photojournalists the world over, and I really appreciate it. His argument is what pops into my head every time I hear someone say that a photo shouldn’t have been published. It clearly and intelligently narrates what a photojournalist thinks when they press that shutter button.   The article itself is a very compelling and passionate piece of work, and I highly recommend you click through and read the author’s work.

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April 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

The “I Had An Abortion” Project

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Tara Todras-Whitehill is one of my favorite photojournalists. She recently did a project that I found different and interesting. The purpose of this project, Tara says, is to “spark discussion and debate, and not just between two people that already hold similar views—in the end this is an issue that is a part of all of us, and perhaps it can help form the basis for mutual understanding and respect.”

“I Had An Abortion” Project

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April 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm