Field Trip Assignment

1. Find the series on the child brides of Yemen. What do you think the photographer’s motivation is here? What is your reaction to this series?

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In all honesty I think Stephanie Sinclair’s motivation would be the issue that Child Marriage is scary not only for the child but for those who will eventually be forced to go through it as well. As written in the first picture’s description, “the incidence of maternal or infant death is high for women who give birth under the age of 18”, therefore you can sort of say that Child Marriage is dangerous. Marrying an older man at such a young age is an issue; and you can see the fear and discomfort in the little girls’ eyes.
My reaction to this series was that I was grateful that I am not these little girls. I would absolutely hate it if I had to marry and have children at such a young age. Seeing the fear and discomfort in their eyes made it very uneasy for me to understand why people would want to do that to their children.

2. Find the special mention photo of Muammar Gaddafi. What does this example say about the future of photojournalism?

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Personally I think that this example tells us that any picture can be prt of photojournalism. Everyone documents everything, there’s isn’t always going to be a professional photographer at an event where something important may occur. If someone is at the right place at the right time they can sell their picture to Newspapers and make a good amount of money. This photo is taken from a video, so it just goes to show that photos can be derived from just about anything and anywhere, taken by anyone.

3. Find the World Press winning photograph. What story is Aranda (the photographer) trying to tell with this image? Is there an emotional impact?

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When I first looked at the image I simply thought it was a man being supported by a woman, who perhaps could’ve been a nurse based on the fact that she was wearing gloves. The man, Zayed, is crying due to the effects of tear gas after having been involved in protests. In this picture his mother is cradling him against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year-long regime. There is contrast in the photo, black clothing and white skin, and this could portray the two sides of the protest. The fact that she’s cradling him can be a sign of a mother’s reassurance that “everything will be okay” which actually becomes reality when President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement transferring power to his deputy who later was elected president, ending Saleh’s rule.

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4. What was your favourite picture in the exhibit?

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My favorite picture would have to be Adam Pretty’s photo of Vadim Kaptur and Timofei Hordeichik of Belarus who are competing in the Men’s 10-meter Synchro Platform preliminary round. The reason I adore this picture is because of the shapes in the picture, and the sense of entrapment and freedom in water.
On the left, the man looks as though he’s struggling underwater, drowning and suffocating perhaps. On the right, the man looks like he’s breaking free from a bubble of water and isn’t having any trouble at all. Things like this intrigue me; the untold stories of the images, fact or fiction.

5. What was your favourite series in the exhibit?

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I would again refer to Adam Pretty, that series, on 2nd Prize Sports Stories was my favorite. The reason for this is that I am very into sports but I also am very intrigued by pictures with shapes and lines. This series showed all those things.

6. What makes an effective press photo in your opinion?

I think that an effective press photo is one that immediately intrigues a viewer. It has to be something they’ll want to read about; it doesn’t have to be incredibly well photographed, it needs to just make sense. It has to be eye catching, meaningful and perhaps shocking. It can be an act of violence, love, tragedy, anything; but it needs to be able to intrigue many people; not just the photographer.

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