Somehow, I have done it again.
I have found another partner to create an important presentation for the Journalism Education Association. Just as I have done at previous national conferences with the photography portfolio presentations, I have partnered with an amazing photography educator.
In addition to being an award winning photographer, Dave LaBelle has educated many Pulitzer Prize winners. Dave has also written important books on photo ethics and story telling. Despite his accomplishments, Dave is friendly and modest. He is one of the most approachable people I know. At JEA conferences, his sessions are usually packed. I assume that a few hundred people will attend our photo story session.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of the photo story has been greatly exaggerated. Dave and I will discuss the importance of the photo story, especially in a world that is increasingly virtual. Newer technology tools have helped image makers tell stories with pictures. Photo stories can be distributed more quickly with the internet. Unfortunately, visual literacy seems to be increasing faster than bandwidth.
Note from 2017: I think the last line should read, “Unfortunately, visual literacy is not increasing faster than bandwidth.”