Powerful multimedia projects by women photojournalists

In the wake of the US elections, I thought it was a good time to focus on some amazing and innovative women photographers who are using their storytelling skills to help bring light to issues around the world.

Maya Alleruzzo, Middle East regional photo editor at The Associated Press, has been doing some great work on interactives in Iraq. The first one ‘Ramadi Attacks’ is one of the richest data visualization, photography and 360 experiences I’ve seen in a while. You can follow the timeline from when ISIS took Ramadi, to when the Iraqi army liberated it through interactive maps. There also are before and after photo sliders from satellites that show just how much destruction there has been between 2014 to 2016. Additionally, there are also 360 views from the ground so you can really understand what it looks like now to be in the middle of the war torn city. It’s an epic interactive.


The second project she has been working on is about Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad, which is one of the most important collections of Iraq antiquities. Around 4,000 historical sites are still under ISIS control, which makes this interactive especially important. Using 3D space technology, you can visit the museum and click on hotspots to learn more about different pieces of archaeology. This museum is a place I’d love to go visit at some point, but until we all can go in person, this project does a good job of letting you experience the exhibits.

Photographer Daniella Zalcman does some intricate detailed work with layered photos, especially in her project ‘Signs of Your Identity’ which looks at Canadian Indians that were part of the Indian Residential Schools. At these schools Daniella says “Indian agents would take children from their homes as young as two or three and send them to church-run boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their native languages or observing any indigenous traditions, routinely sexually and physically assaulted, and in some extreme instances subjected to medical experimentation and sterilization.“ The multiple exposure portraits are striking and really make you spend time to think about each person she photographed.


Glen Ewenin Gordon's Residential School 1970-1973 Muskowekwan Indian Residential School 1973-1975. Photo by Daniella Zalcman
Muskowekwan Indian Residential School, 1973-1975. Photo by Daniella Zalcman

Tanya Habjouqa is a photojournalist who has done fantastic work in the Middle East, came up with a unique project earlier this year about Syrians using WhatsApp. She was looking for different ways to tell the stories of Syrian refugees and she realized that since so many people use WhatsApp to communicate, it was an important part of her story. Tanya took dozens of WhatsApp messages and combined it for a moving piece with her photos. You can see the ‘Syrians Via WhatsApp’ video here:


Haven’t had enough? Check out some more amazing women working in the multimedia sphere:

Amanda Mustard

Sima Diab

Virginie Nguyen

Can you think of more I’ve missed? Send them to me. I’d love to do as many sequels as possible to this post.

By Tara Todras-Whitehill

Tara worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press for four years in the Middle East, covering the uprisings, revolutions and numerous elections in the Arab world. Her photography has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic and Washington Post, among many others. She also works on personal projects focused on women's issues. Her passion is trying to portray strong women changing their lives and the world around them.

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