Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

When Maan Abu Taleb launched the music site Ma3azef.com in 2012, he dreamed of not only rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music, but also of giving Middle Eastern musicians and music writers a platform for expression, opinion, and creativity. “The motivation for me was a complete lack of critical writing on Arabic music, coupled… Continue reading Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

Top 10 Wish List – Holiday gifts for photographers, tech geeks and travelers

As the holidays approach, I thought I’d put together a top ten wish list that I think photographers, tech geeks and world travelers will appreciate. And of course, I’d be happy to receive any of these myself (ahem, loved ones!)…   Lume Cube – This is a genius little box of light that can be… Continue reading Top 10 Wish List – Holiday gifts for photographers, tech geeks and travelers

Taking refugee stories to the street – The Caravan’s unique performance project

Photo by: Caroline Gervay

With the Syrian war in its fifth year, and the refugee crisis continuing unabated, there is a rising challenge by storytellers in the region to find new approaches to connect people to the human cost of the conflict. One of the more innovative efforts I’ve seen is The Caravan, a street performance project that tells… Continue reading Taking refugee stories to the street – The Caravan’s unique performance project

The architecture of apartheid through the eyes of a drone – a Q&A with Johnny Miller

By capturing a bird’s eye view of Cape Town, American photographer Johnny Miller masterfully documents the stark racial and socioeconomic divide that still exists over two decades after apartheid formally ended. His drone photography project, Unequal Scenes, unveils a previously mostly unseen perspective of the city. Taken from high above Cape Town, his photographs show… Continue reading The architecture of apartheid through the eyes of a drone – a Q&A with Johnny Miller

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