Marcus Yam is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times and the winner of two Pulitzers. Having covered California wildfires extensively, he is deeply familiar with the challenge of documenting tragedy and humanity up close. Yam offers his Brief but Spectacular take on the sensitivity and perspective he brings to his work.
A selection from Latin American and Caribbean online platform Foto Féminas, curated by Verónica Sanchis Bencomo
After giving the Sem Presser Lecture, supported by DuPho, during the World Press Photo Festival 2019, Aida Muluneh speaks about the impact of photography in shaping cultural perceptions
I doubt I am alone in finding this simple sentence amongst the most enticing in the English language. It is laden with promise, and possibility. Almost anything could happen next. As photographers, we often think and speak of ourselves as storytellers, but our actual understanding of how stories work is woeful compared to other fields. Good storytelling is not something weinnately understand, we aren’t generally taught it, and most of us don’t go out of our way to learn it; at best, we pick up some understanding of it along the way, through trial and error. But even those rare people who actually have a robust working understanding of storytelling rarely seem able to articulate what it is they do when they create visual narratives. They just do it instinctively, as if by gut.
For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becoming a war correspondent during the War in Kosovo. She was on a clear path…