Calling photojournalism buffs... and everyone else too
November 26, 2019 7:45 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to round up some examples of emotionally powerful photo-centered profiles of individuals, families, or groups that also incorporate text in a limited but meaningful way. Do you have any?

I am looking for examples of how people have used photographs to tell a story about individuals or groups. I DO want examples to also incorporate text interwoven through the photos but keep the photos as the primary focus. For the purposes of this question, I am particularly interested in how the text works with the images rather than whether the images themselves are incredible.

I am especially looking for examples that focus on current events and try to humanize groups in the news (for example, refugees or youth in the foster system). I want examples where the photos and the limited text can stand alone, rather than being part of a longer article or a news story.

Hopefully that's enough explanation-- I'll try to clarify if it feels like people aren't understanding. Open to a wide variety of examples, really looking for anything that broadly fits and has struck an emotional chord with you all or stuck in your minds.

Thank you!
posted by geegollygosh to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I just saw an exhibition by Alexander Chekmenev, stunning Photography and his own texts.
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posted by 15L06 at 8:47 AM on November 26, 2019

Here's Darren Calabrese who did an amazing story about athlete Lindsay Hilton. Pretty good use of quotes from the subject, along with a caption that explains what's going on in the photo.
posted by thenormshow at 8:54 AM on November 26, 2019

Wisconsin Death Trip
posted by Ideefixe at 1:09 PM on November 26, 2019

This photo essay that follows two students in NYC as they navigate housing insecurity with their families was really powerful.
posted by stellaluna at 3:00 PM on November 27, 2019

The things they carried, an MetaFilter post that groups a few sets of photos of items left behind by people moving through spaces, primarily what migrants leave behind at the Mexico/US border, and comparing them against items stolen or left behind by holocaust victims.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:42 AM on December 6, 2019

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