This lecture was based on the topic of New Media New Journalism between Stephen Mayes and Fred Ritchin. Where we compiled these thoughts.
Was working, as a press photographer in the U.K. – wasn’t a job for a gentleman so went as an editor.
Worked in different areas always in the distribution side.
Tim Hetherington was at Cardiff University, he was an external examiner.
In 1996 there was no multimedia work but Hetherington had created two pieces that he was highly interested in.
Most time spent talking about the limitations of photography.
When he died he had finally gained the tools for what he wanted – what is special is the stuff that he didn’t do.
Went travelling and found photography filled in for where words wouldn’t fit.
Saw the camera as a primary tool.
Started working for magazines, big issue etc, and newspaper magazines.
Ended up in war zones
Started asking questions about why the things were happening
What enabled conflict to take place.
Had a curiosity to understand which drove him, how could he be the bridge between what he understood and what he wanted people to understand.
Other element was the honest – having an honest opinion.
Third element is the imagination – problem-solving element.
How do you work it? What am I looking at? How do I get around it?
He would say he was studying issues in humanity rather than document what was happening
What is it that drives young men specifically to such aggression. Sent him to self-reflection, as he was also there even though to view it.
Lived with the rebels, saw what they was doing, wanted to understand them and see them as a person
Turned the camera on the soldiers and showed them living their lives outside of conflict during conflict.
He wanted the viewer immersed in the work not just watching it.
Multimedia piece of 3 screens. Sleeping and conflict… couldn’t tell what was being seen and what was being dreamt.
Talking about a subject that was taboo.
What can we (as journalists) learn from advertising?
He always wanted to find a better way to understand something
The world is not linear.
The audience is becoming active in the search for information
Always different in your mind so always different when you come across it.
Diary = non-sequential imagery. An experimental way of living in the world blends with London life with West Africa life as the two world come together as life does.
It is real of how we live our lives were just not use to the packaging.
Created a network as a trust so to bring peoples fields that are all influenced by Tim Hetherington.
Mayes prefers to think about what Tim didn’t do than did do, as it’s more interesting.
When died he was working on a project in Afghanistan of planting a camera on the injured and documenting how they were treated when getting medical help.
Conflict as a sci-fi movie?
The success of journalism will only happen if you can get your images out.
- TASK… Make a story engaging.
Make the complexity of life into something simple.
The main points from this lecture was:
- If your photographs aren’t good enough, then you’re not reading enough
- We find it harder to immerse ourselves
- Context is key, the more you know the better the image
- The amateur comes from the outside, the professionals know how to put it together
- Journalism was to be an active and responsible citizen
- Consider all points of view – Ritchin
- An image on its own means nothing but gathers power
- Richin believes truth is key
- Had a curiosity to understand which drove him, how could he be the bridge between what he understood and what he wanted people to understand.
- He wanted the viewer immersed in the work not just watching it.
- Mayes prefers to think about what Tim didn’t do than did do, as it’s more interesting.
RITCHIN: Sees it more if you have to be in the action to get good images. Social media takes away the action. Photography can show the world what is happening but social media makes it so that not much is being done because people are getting the impression they are doing something by selecting a button.
MAYES/HETHERINGTON: The context is key.
Social media is disconnecting us from reality.
The similarities between the two are that they both feel that social media are disconnecting us from trying to assist the world. While the differences are that Mayes feels the context is more important as it gives a background of understanding while Richin feels to get the best images you have to be close to the action.
I found this lecture interesting to hear as I feel that context is important to what you are interested in photographing otherwise it could be off key when documenting. I also felt that they had a reasonable point about social media disconnecting us as you see so many pictures on facebook in particular saying like to support this, share to support that but it never really does anything to combat the issue it speaks of yet the people feel as though they are making an impact. However, the connections mean people can share the information more quickly. This makes me think social media is useful to sharing and can be helpful with advertising imagery but for an image to be key in being for a cause it is not so successful.