Category Archives: Multimedia

UPROOTED: Flick’s Mobile Home Park

UPROOTED: Flick’s Mobile Home Park is a remarkable, if not heart-wrenching, piece of multimedia reportage via the San Jose Mercury News.

Follow the saga of Sunnyvale Mobile Home dwellers as they fight for their homes, then relocate after developers take over their property.

San Jose Mercury News Staff:

Dai Sugano: Video/Photography/Editing/Production
Julie Patel: Reporting
Geri Migielicz: Picture Editing
Richard Koci Hernandez: Flash Production/Picture Editing
Denis Theriault: Story Editing

© San Jose Mercury News

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‘Asia’s Wildlife Trade’

In the latest issue of National Geographic, there is an excellent article addressing international wildlife trafficking and one of its most notorious dealers.

“On September 14, 1998, a thin, bespectacled Malaysian named Wong Keng Liang walked off Japan Airlines Flight 12 at Mexico City International Airport. He was dressed in faded blue jeans, a light-blue jacket, and a T-shirt emblazoned with a white iguana head. George Morrison, lead agent for Special Operations, the elite, five-person undercover unit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was there to greet him. Within seconds of his arrest, Anson (the name by which Wong is known to wildlife traffickers and wildlife law enforcement officers around the world) was whisked downstairs in handcuffs by Mexican federales, to be held in the country’s largest prison, the infamous Reclusorio Norte.

To Morrison and his team, Anson Wong was the catch of a lifetime—the world’s most wanted smuggler of endangered species. His arrest, involving authorities in Australia,Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States, was a hard-won victory, the culmination of a half-decade-long undercover operation still widely considered the most successful international wildlife investigation ever…”

Text © Bryan Christy
Photographs © Mark Leong

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Christopher Churchill

Visitors, Grand Canyon, AZ 2007

Potato Processing Plant, WA 2007

Holiday Inn Breakfast Room, Deming, NM 2007

Craig Sargent Newbury, Conway, WA 2007

Christopher Churchill‘s American Faith is an extraordinary project. The audio (music and voice-over) that accompanies the work on his website is must-hear.

*Presented through black and white photographs and audio interviews, our November exhibition will present an exploration into the different perspectives of faith in America. Every flavor and manifestations of faith is examined, from the mainstream and cult beliefs and culture, to the concept of faith in the existence of aliens, Elvis, and nature.

In producing this work the photographer Christopher Churchill traveled throughout the country without any specific route. He shot black and white with an 8″x10″field camera. His reliance on unrelated events was his guide to different destinations and encounters, placing faith in this process.

The photographs, writings, and audio recordings were made through out the United States from 2004-2009 and show the diversity of our nation and the ways in which we manifest a human need, and faith as a way that we understand our place in the world.

© Christopher Churchill

*excerpt from his 2009 exhibition at Fovea

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‘Copenhagen: Voices from the edge of climate change’

(Via The Guardian) Thousands of negotiators, politicians and activists [were] discussing the climate change deal in Copenhagen – but what about those already at the sharp end?

You can click on the individuals from across the world to read their stories. Images were taken by Mathias Braschler and Monika Fisher. Text is by Jonathan Watts.

There is also a video of the project.

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Tim Gruber

When The Lights Go Out is a multimedia piece by photographer Tim Gruber ‘exploring the portrayal of women on late-night cable TV’.

His projects American Singer (Karaoke) and Served Out – Aging and Dying Behind Bars are also excellent and worth a look.

© Tim Gruber

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Ian Fisher: American Soldier

Ian Fisher: American Soldier, a multimedia project by the Denver Post, is remarkable in its scope. It is precisely this type of storytelling that will breath life into journalism and facilitate its evolution in the age of Web 2.0.

June 1, 2007. 2:03 p.m. Ian returns a phone call to Sgt. 1st Class Gavino Barron, the commander at Ian’s Army recruiting office. Barron was making sure Ian was on track for enlistment. When he was 17, Ian had joined the Army’s Future Soldier Training Program, which prepares recruits for the enlistment process. Barron recalls his initial impression of Ian: “He wasn’t in it for the money. He was only in it for God and country. That’s the reason most infantrymen join.

June 17, 2007. 8:27 p.m. Ian embraces “Buddha,” left, and Shane as he prepare to leave home with Army recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Nancy Alessandri, who speaks with his dad in the driveway. Alessandri took Ian to a hotel where he would spend the night before being bused to the Denver Military Entrance Processing Station.

June 19, 2007. 8:10 a.m. Tom Abner, who says he’s shaved millions of heads in his 42 years on the job, adds Ian to that list with a shave that took just under a minute and a half.

Sept. 13, 2007. 9:28 a.m. It’s near the end of basic training, and the troops are deep into their week-long Field Training Exercise, or FTX, where they put all their newly learned skills to the test. Ian takes cover in the woods as his squad offers security for other platoon members raiding a trench.

Sept. 3, 2008. 12:55 p.m. Ian makes his way to the plane and, ultimately, Iraq, as the troops depart for their year-long deployment. Ian calls his mom that night. The next morning, she says: “When I spoke with Ian last night, he sounded excited and happy to be finally doing something. It lifted my heart.”

Nov. 28, 2008. 9:30 p.m. Ian slowly tears up a picture of Kirsten while sitting in his room. “If I was back home, I would probably be raising hell,” he says.

Dec. 14, 2008. 4:49 p.m. Smoke rises from trash being burned at Camp Echo. The past three days have brought many complaints from Ian: shoveling dirt, sitting in the maintenance bay, picking up garbage.

Aug. 21, 2009. 11:11 p.m. It’s been five months since Ian went back to Iraq, and now family and friends gather in a gymnasium at Fort Carson to welcome troops from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team back home from their tour.

Aug. 24, 2009. 7:29 a.m. Ian’s squad leader put him in for an Army Commendation Medal to recognize Ian’s efforts in Iraq, primarily his duties with the Quick Reaction Force.

© Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post

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‘A Vanished Country’

November 9th marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thomas Hoepker‘s A Vanished Country is a collection of photographs he took in East Germany, the negatives recently discovered in his archive. Magnum has an tremendous multimedia presentation of the work.

Found via DVAFOTO, their post, The Fall: 20 Years Later, has links to some tremendous content. Go take a look.

© Thomas Hoepker

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