Abundant photography: the misleading metaphor of the image flood

Are we exposed to an overload of photographs? Although much used, the are three key reasons why the metaphor of a flood of images is misleading.

Erik Kessels Flickr photographs flood

Syria and the power of images

What is the relationship between imagery and action in Syria?

AP Photo-Shaam News Network

Digital and the the desire for long form journalism

Rather than entering a new age of distraction and superficiality, digital disruption is actually increasing demand for news and long form stories…

The world is at her fingertips

The primacy of the screen

The screen has become the primary access point for much information. How are screen devices being used, and what are the implications for visual storytellers?


‘Multimedia’, photojournalism and visual storytelling

What is “multimedia”? Searching for a single definition in answer to this question is neither possible nor desirable…


Photography and narrative: What is involved in telling a story?

In telling visual stories about the world, photography is narrating the world. But what is a narrative and how is it constructed?


Multimedia Research Project

‘Visual Storytelling in the Age of Post-Industrial Journalism’ – the 2013 World Press Photo report, presentation and follow-up discussion about ‘multimedia’ today.


Living in the Shadows

‘Living in the Shadows: China’s Internal Migrants’ tells the story of three families of migrant labourers in Shanghai and the struggles they face as undocumented internal migrants.


Laygate Stories

‘Laygate Stories’ is a multimedia project portraying the lives of residents in the Laygate area of South Shields on Tyneside in the north-east of England.


April 15, 2014 · by David Campbell · media economy, multimedia
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In this short video interview with D.J. Clark, I talk about the major themes of the 2013 World Press Photo multimedia research report, which are more relevant than ever.

March 17, 2014 · by David Campbell · media economy, multimedia, photography
Reel Peek Films

With media organisations hungry for online video, this interview with Shaul Schwarz about Reel Peek Films discusses how his network of image makers are producing visual stories that explore issues in depth.

February 17, 2014 · by David Campbell · media economy, photography

After two weeks judging the 2014 World Press Photo Contest, I reflect, as Secretary to the general jury, on the process and procedures that led to this year’s awards.

January 14, 2014 · by David Campbell · photography, politics
MB Congo

Intel’s decision to make conflict free microprocessors is the result of a long campaign, in which Marcus Bleasdale’s photos have played an important role. Understanding how Bleasdale became an advocate for action on conflict minerals makes us aware of how photojournalism can function as an agent of change.

December 19, 2013 · by David Campbell · photography, politics
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The antagonism between photographers and the White House needs to be broadened beyond the simple question of access. It is time to look at the bigger picture, and make the photo-op as much the subject, so we have a visual record of how events and issues are managed and staged.

November 26, 2013 · by David Campbell · photography, politics

Edmund Clark’s Control Order House portrays a British suburban house in which a “controlled person” suspected of terrorism is detained. This interview with Clark explores how his photo book works as a political object.

November 17, 2013 · by David Campbell · media economy, photography
Ritchin Bending the Frame

What is professional photography for in the age of Instagram? This review of Fred Ritchin’s ‘Bending the Frame’ addresses some of the issues in this important book as it deals with that question.

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