Telling a story with Instagram

A snapshot of the Humans of New York Instagram account.
A snapshot of the Humans of New York Instagram account.

If you’ve been using Instagram for a while, you would be aware of a very successful (and often very beautiful) account called Humans of New York. The Insta account has now grown to include a web page, Facebook page, and a book. It’s also spawned possibly thousands of storytelling sites just like it.

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Great Instagram accounts to follow

After the party. iPhone photo copyright Verity Chambers
After the party. iPhone photo copyright Verity Chambers

As with any creative pursuit, it’s hard to become a great practitioner unless you look at other people’s work. By far the best way to learn to write well is to read a lot (and then write a lot). It’s exactly the same with singing, dancing, painting and … photography.

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A bit of history

The Shell-Shattered Area of Chateau Wood, Flanders (Picture by Frank Hurley, 1917)
The Shell-Shattered Area of Chateau Wood, Flanders (Picture by Frank Hurley, 1917)

Read: The photograph and Australia: timeline
Look: 25 of the most iconic photographs and 40 Must-See photos from the past

Today we’ll have a brief look at the history of news photography and the “news” in news photography; we’ll consider photographers as journalists and vice versa (the blurred lines of being multiskilled) – and the importance of knowing the story and recognising the most significant element(s).

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