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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Needle Exchange

Stephen Crowley's latest project.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

Featured Comment by dyathink: "My brother died of AIDS from sharing a needle with a friend who also died of AIDS. My brother was not an addict. He was just a young guy looking for a thrill. Seven years later he paid with his life and left a 25-year-old wife and three kids under age five. Thanks, Mr. Crowley, for the compassion and sensitivity."

10 Comments:

Blogger Jacques said...

Great pictures from Stephen Crowley, Thank you for sharing !!!

10:21 AM  
Blogger paul said...

Well. That was devastating.

1:29 PM  
Blogger doonster said...

A worthwhile link to a worthwhile project. My first instinct was, prior to viewing, that this was going to be creepily voyeuristic. As it turns out it is soberingly thoughtful and compassionate.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jammy Straub said...

Holly shit. That was powerful. Amazing work.

Does anyone know what software was used for that slide show? Very Nice presentation.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

I salute Stephen Crowley for a fine bit of photojournalism.

Of course this type of project is as old as photojournalism itself. It's heyday was perhaps in the 1950's and 1960's when print venues for such work were prominent and plentiful.

Newspaper Web sites are stumbling over themselves to feature such "multimedia" presentations as this. The NYT, as you'd expect, has become a leader. Other more local papers are -ahem- not quite there yet.

But the salient point is that this style of presentation is beginning to breathe new life into photojournalism. Specifically, it's beginning to revive a bit of the photo essay style that's long since been left for dead. The "bad" news is that multimedia presentations can be quite complex to assemble.

If you like this type of work you can't find better than the essays on Magnum's In Motion site.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Vasco RioBom said...

Very good photojournalism work

4:48 AM  
Blogger stanco said...

Thank you Mr. Johnston, and Mr. Crowley.

2:07 PM  
Blogger sflyindustries said...

I'd say thumbs up for both the project as well as the photographic documentation. Very good work in both cases. The multi-media show could use some improvement, though. It's way too overloaded in my eyes, with all the text (esp. subtitles) and constant background sound. Now don't get me wrong, I do think that these are great ideas on how to present photos. I'd just prefer it a little slower, and in the "less is more" style. I think in this area Magnum is at the moment setting the standards.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Mike, et al,

Thanks for sharing the link to the story. Ron Daniels´ efforts can not be understated. I hope the story opens up discussion on Capitol Hill.

Jimmy, I cut the sound in Final Cut Pro, sent the sound file to New York where they joined it with the pictures in a program called Sight and Sound.

I´m at PhotoEspana in Madrid at the moment. Incredible work by Sebastiao Selgado and post-WW2 Italian photographers are among the dozens of shows on display throughout the city until July 22.

cheers,
Stephen Crowley

10:50 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

correction to my post ¨Soundslides¨is one of the programs used.

11:38 AM  

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