Posts Tagged ‘Photographer Interview’

28Dec

Kate Holt teaches digital storytelling in the field — interview part 4

Kate Holt launches Arete Stories to teach digital storytelling.

Last year international photojournalist Kate Holt was teaching Ugandan soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia to photograph their experiences in the field, when she met someone who inspired her to make a shift in her career.

"I had asked the force commander to find me some Burundian soldiers that I could also teach, to ensure that both military contingents recieved the same training," she said. "After I waited several weeks, a young Burundian soldier appeared in the photo training room saying he had been sent to learn how to take photographs. His name was Jean Claude, and he had never held a ... Read the full story

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10Dec

Kate Holt Part 3: Making audio slideshows for NGOs and the news media

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Photo by Kate Holt
Above Photo: Community Director Distributor (CDD's) distribute Mectizan, the drug used to prevent river blindness, in the village of Kudaru in Kaduna, Nigeria on the 8th October, 2012. River Blindness was endemic to this area before Sightsavers started their intervention by distributing Mectizan  and sensitising the community to the risks of river blindness ten years ago. Now no more cases of blindness have been reported.

British photojournalist Kate Holt travels to the world’s most difficult places to create audio slideshows about the human effects of poverty, war, famine and other devastating hardships. Often, her way ... Read the full story

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13Nov

Kate Holt’s audio slideshow insights, part 1

Kate Holt portrait

The first of four installments on British freelance photojournalist Kate Holt's advice for planning, creating and using audio slideshows to tell compelling digital stories. This month and next month on Twitter and Facebook, Soundslides will feature a selection of Holt's work. Keep an eye out.

When Kate Holt was 19, she heard stories about the awful maltreatment of children in Romania’s orphanages. In January 1991, she left her home in England and volunteered to help. The conditions she observed inspired her career.

She studied photojournalism, and soon was documenting some of humankind’s darkest situations — famine, poverty, war and ... Read the full story

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19Oct

John Freeman shares student audio slideshow projects

John Freeman's study abroad students staying up late in their Berlin hotel editing images and audio into Soundslides.

Photographer and University of Florida professor John Freeman takes students to Berlin, Germany every May for a two-week study abroad program. (See previous post on Oct. 3.) One takeaway from the program is a finished Soundslides project telling the story of a person who has moved to Berlin to pursue a passion. Through their photography and interviews, the students explore such questions as: How is life in Berlin? How do you put the pieces together to achieve your goals? What’s your average day like? The cumulative projects, posted on the Berlin program website, convey the spirit of a city ... Read the full story

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12Oct

John Freeman teaching audio slideshows in Berlin, Part 2

Photographer and educator John Freeman teaches an annual study abroad multimedia program in Berlin for the University of Florida. Soundslides is an important part of the program, as students need to quickly produce a project they can share during the workshop. The students often gather together in their hotel late at night to edit their audio slideshows.

Freeman describes a couple of guidelines he thinks greatly improve the student's success with the software.

“When teaching Soundslides, I have really strict guidelines that help to make the projects look really good,” he says. “One is, the students have to use all ... Read the full story

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03Oct

Behind the Berlin Wall with John Freeman

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When photographer John Freeman was a teenager in the late 1960s, he lived in West Berlin behind the Berlin Wall. The 13-foot-high barrier was built by the German Democratic Republic in 1961 to cut off the free West Berlin from the rest of communist-gripped eastern Germany. Between 1968 and 1971, Freeman’s dad was stationed in the military there. Even though the family was allowed to travel freely between West and East Germany, Freeman nonetheless experienced the chill of the oppression.

Forty years later, Freeman, a University of Florida professor, still is intrigued by the effect that that physical divider ... Read the full story

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