Sunday 19 November 2017

Sometimes, there are no words, only pictures

Omran Daqneesh (5) in an ambulance after an airstrike on Aleppo, Syria Photo: Reuters
Omran Daqneesh (5) in an ambulance after an airstrike on Aleppo, Syria Photo: Reuters
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

'The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda' - Renowned war photographer Robert Capa

Save for those seminal moments when a picture supersedes even the most eloquent of prose, traditionally and perhaps unfairly, photojournalism has played second fiddle to the printed word when it comes to breaking news stories. As communication channels change, the tectonic plates of news and media are shifting swiftly and challenging the conventional dynamic.

Sometimes, a picture can succeed where words simply fail. Not just because pictures are, typically, instantly and universally understandable, but because images can evoke and provoke emotions. It is those emotions which make them uniquely indelible in our memories.

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