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November 29, 2008

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The Explanatory Power of Images

The Big Picture’s new post is about Mumbai. I have to say: I understand it better having looked at these. More and more I’m starting to think the future of journalism is more images, more images, more images. Not just images — never just images — but honestly, I’ve read a lot of articles about Mumbai over the last three days and words are just not capable of communicating some parts of this story — of any story.

However, fair warning: I did not click the black boxes. You’re on your own with those.

Posted November 29, 2008 at 7:04 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism


1) The first black box picture (pic #2) has the largest impact. The rest are uncomfortable but not gruesome.

2) In the age of ubiquitious text and video, why does still photography still offer so much?

I would argue that it's got something to do with the nature of the medium itself. Photography captures a single moment in time, and with a wider lens, captures everything at an equal value. It is not captive to movement and action. So photographers know to look for the moment, and how to frame and present the whole.

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