Shooting VR in a conflict zone — how the NY Times did it in Iraq

Ben Solomon working with his VR rig in Iraq

Virtual reality has become the forefront of video exploration. Ben Solomon of The New York Times is one of the key people trying to find new ways of storytelling in this emerging medium. In what might be one of the most daring experiments in VR storytelling, Ben documented military efforts by Iraqi forces to retake… Continue reading Shooting VR in a conflict zone — how the NY Times did it in Iraq

Behind the scenes with IRC and cast from the Game of Thrones

Tara Todras-Whitehill photographs Liam Cunningham, Maisie Williams and Lena Headey as they read messages of hope and remembrance at the Solidarity Tree at Mytilene Castle. (Frame from video by Matt Ford)

Recently, Tara Todras-Whitehill and I had the pleasure of joining the IRC and cast members of HBO’s Game of Thrones on a visit to several refugee camps in Greece. It was a whirlwind three days. We packed a kit small enough to fit on the cramped domestic flights that charter passengers to the islands. We visited Lesvos island, where… Continue reading Behind the scenes with IRC and cast from the Game of Thrones

How photography workshops transformed women in Indonesia

"I depict here the vulnerable situation that often experienced by migrant workers and their family, which is caused by their poor condition in their home country and problems that they may encounter in the place where they work. This picture reflects the government's effort to show the state's presence; protecting the whole nation and citizens, and give sense of security and protecting the right and safety of its people overseas, particularly its migrant workers."

Empowering people with photography isn’t a new idea. Teaching communities how to use cameras so they can document their own lives has been done before. But PhotoVoice, a UK based NGO, figured out a way to impact change with their method of participatory photography, and produced amazing results for a group of Indonesian women. We wanted to… Continue reading How photography workshops transformed women in Indonesia