I’ve recently been reading the Guardian in preparation for the journalism without walls program in Kenya, because the newspaper is a good source for Kenyan information. I came across this audio slideshow featuring Emilio Morenatti’s work and decided to check out the video.
Emilio Morenatti works for the Associated Press and he is a photojournalist. Many people may remember him during 2009, when he and fellow AP journalist were hit by a bomb in Afghanistan. Morenatti survived having lost a foot, but his colleague was killed.
What made this audio slideshow powerful and interesting was actually not Morenatti’s interview, but his pictures. I think what worked well for this slideshow were the photos that captured human emotions that we normally do not witness.
The question to publish or not to publish graphic images is one that interests me highly.
I find myself repeating one question. How are people more and more at ease with violence in movies, video games and on television (Saving Private Ryan, Call of Duty and CSI for example), but the second people see the consequences of a real life gunshot, the image it is too much to handle? How is one graphic, but okay and the other “too much”?
I came across the portfolio site of an Isreali photographer named Naftali Hilger.
While I’m not in love with the way the site is designed on a technical level–clicking around loads up separate pages that are identical, but highlighting a different photo rather than dynamically pulling up the images–there’s one thing that I think is absolutely perfect about it: the photos are always front and center