This link provides a roundup of previous J-Source posts about the Harper administration's control of media.
A well crafted photograph must have visual impact sufficient stand out against the deluge of images we are bombarded with on a daily basis. It must also be composed as to permit it to be the canvas upon which the graphic artist or art director can add text, logos and additional artwork.
We’ve all seen the horribly cluttered and busy publication
covers where someone thought it would be a great idea to put EVERYTHING they
had on the cover. Oh, and you Digirati are not immune. A good looking website
is even harder to achieve and easier to make a mess of.
One magazine that has consistently produced well designed,
photographed and illustrated covers is the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business
magazine. For photographers and illustrators it’s a great experience to work
with art directors that treat your work well.
On the Globe and Mail website they have posted two
interesting galleries of cover images. The first is a collection of the ROB 25
Best Covers. For the second gallery, ROB asked some of
"These guys took some creepy, run-down entertainment and put it to the highest possible level of performance art. I thought 'Oh my God, maybe I can do the same with these boring newspapers. And I did, we started to redesign them one by one."
Utko thinks good design can change the fate of a newspaper and in this video from Ted.com, he explains how. Watch the video...
A recent NPR article calls this book the one that changed photography.
...at least in America anyway. Franks style of photography, more common in Europe, and choice of subjects was " not done " in the USA at the time and challenged contemporary American society to look at its less pretty side. A different view of "The American dream." Such a photographic reflection had not been seen since the depression era photography by Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans and the other Farm Securities Administration photographers.
Another insightful look at Franks work is at the US National Gallery of Art
Where you can find online image galleries and audio lectures.
The Americans was not Franks only work, just his most famous.
Frank lives in New York and Cape Breton and his work Mabou hangs in the Tate Modern n London. There is a very good entry on Robert Frank in Wikipedia
Straddling the line between journalism and art, "visual journalism" uses tools like photography, video, illustration and multimedia to deliver the story through images, as told by visually literate journalists. In this J-Topic we follow news and trends on the visual communication side of journalism.
The evolution of images in the news business is the story of technology. Yet, from wood cut blocks in the early Illustrated News to modern digital photography and video moved around the globe within seconds of being captured, The image is still about creating visual impact by putting the viewer on the scene...and that doesn't change.
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