The above multimedia piece, China’s Growing Sands, is the culmination of my work for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting from April to May of this year. One of the stipulations of my grant was to produce a multimedia piece for internet distribution upon completion of my travels. This kind of stipulation would have been non-existent a few years ago however today it is becoming the norm as organisations see the potential of presenting work online and are expecting their reporters to be able to handle multiple roles.
For me, multimedia is the single most exciting thing happening in photojournalism today. I was first drawn to it a few years ago as the first seriously well done pieces were starting to emerge. Slowly but surely, the presentations became more dynamic and over the past couple of years, some amazing work is now being presented in fresh and exciting ways. Multimedia will never replace the old mediums of publishing of magazines, books and exhibitions however I don’t think it is trying to. It is merely evolving into a new way to present work to an audience who are now using new tools to view photography.
I personally see this as an amazing opportunity. The addition of multimedia to the traditional outlets has given photographers a new way to express themselves and their work. The learning curve may be steep when beginning but the potential to reach new audiences is endless.
I hope you enjoy my final piece for Pulitzer. You can either view the one above, or click on the link on the right of this page to view a larger version.
Once you’re finished, head to sites such as MediaStorm and Multimedia Muse for inspiration and quality work. Also, for more discussion about multimedia, have a look at RESOLVE’s recent post ‘Don’t suffocate your vision’.