Graphite inspiration

The city as seen through the eyes of artistic journalist Gabi Campanario. I’m inspired. Would/should new media incorporate this kind of artwork?? A link to his online sketchbook as well as one with contributors from around the world. 

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8 responses to “Graphite inspiration

  1. I like it. Just added it to My Yahoo via RSS.

    As to whether we’ll see new media embracing this kind of visual is certainly anybody’s guess. I don’t have a problem with it. In fact, I think I’d enjoy seeing something other than the same tired old news photo.

    If sketches were used by news organizations, I’m sure some would complain that sketching is too ‘subjective’ to convey the news. On the other hand, those same people might trumpet the photograph’s unwavering ‘objectivity.’

    See, photographs themselves are not objective representations of reality as is commonly thought. Dozens of choices are made by the photographer, editors, and publisher before readers see the final product. Their decisions, having been influenced by their own subjective points of view, ultimately affect the images readers see.

    For example, photographers must choose where to stand, what to point the camera at, who to include in the frame, how to light the subject, and then which images to send to the editors. Editors get a handful of images and usually are forced to narrow it down to just one or two. Publishers might have the funds to send a photographer oversees for an assignment. Which one do they choose? War in Iraq, Afghanistan? Disease in Zimbabwe? Olympic Games in Beijing? I digress.

    So to me, sketching doesn’t seem like such a bad way to tell a story. The artist would be applying his own subjective views on a news subject to create a picture he/she feels tells the story.

  2. I think sketching adds a whole new dimension to storytelling. The artist has full control over what he puts onto paper, giving his point of view. I do agree however that this adds subjectivity and removes the objectivity news media is supposed to provide.

    However in this digital age where photo manipulation is the norm, photographic truth might not hold anymore either. I guess it’s up to the discretion of the publisher/editor behind new media to discern the kind of materials and visuals they want to present to the readers.

  3. Another recommendation: http://www.noorimages.com/ A photo agency. Check out Jan Grarup’s “ISAF Afghanistan” or Samantha Appleton’s “Barrack Obama.”

    http://www.viiphoto.com/ is great as well. Members include James Nachtwey, Christopher Morris, Marcus Bleasdale, and Lauren Greenfield. Wow!

  4. Here’s a new collaborative online magazine for emerging photographers – http://www.burnmagazine.org/ – It’s being run by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey and students he met during the past few years on his Road Trips blog.

  5. Talk about timing. Campanario just did a spot news sketch! http://gabicampanario.blogspot.com/2008/12/collision-leaves-buses-hanging-over.html

    I say again: Why not?

  6. Sarah Greenleaf

    Visual literacy is much more widespread than what many consider “traditional” literacy. If more people can access news and information then I say go for it. It is a Western conceit to think that the written word it the highest form of communication, or even the most effective.

    Also, from my standpoint as an artist, I love the really personal feeling of drawings and how they have such distinct styles from person to person; it make the news feel less cold somehow.

    • Hi Sarah and welcome to class.
      It’ll be good to have an artist. And maybe you could incorporate and show us how to use sketches, other artwork into multimedia. See you in a few days.

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