Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Using photography to reveal the specific within the general

Here is an impressive look at TIME Magazine's Egyptian protest coverage, particularly when it comes to photography, as provided by former student Alex McDaniel. Note the evident persistence to package content in a way that seeks to makes sense of the ongoing story, rather than offering hundreds of videos and slideshows to choose from.

TIME's collection of photo essays, despite lacking the substantial written element one typically seeks when examining narrative content, is nonetheless telling impactful stories while highlighting the important human element.

A few selections:

The title says it all, showcasing a photo display of protestors with crates, plastic bowls and even flattened rocks tied to their heads as means of protection.

Depicting an almost apocalyptic scene, photographers capture horrifying images of those demanding the end of Mubarak and his regime.

More than 100 photos find a way to tell individual stories within the much larger narrative playing out in Egypt.

Note from Alex: It's not easy to look at some of these photos without automatically wondering about many of the subjects' personal stories, but I think we're going to see more and more narratives with strong written elements pour out in the coming months. In the interest of developing the strongest narrative stories in the shortest time possible, however, I think narrated, subject-driven videos and photo essays are effective in preventing the story of individual plight from getting lost in the overarching storyline.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. I think that pictures can often tell a more powerful story than video or text. I almost did my post on a group of these pics because they tell a great story all by themselves.