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Beyond the Still Image [Afternoon Session]

December 10, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Official Festival Center

The Increasing Role of Multimedia in Photographic Storytelling

Roundtable Discussion

Multimedia, when referring to photography and storytelling, is a term that loosely describes a variety of methods related to enhancing or activating the still image with sound, movement, text and narration. This has been a long tradition in photography and can be seen as early as the 1880s when lantern slides were accompanied by lectures or narration explaining a topic or issue that the photographer wished to share with an audience. Today, multimedia is much more complex and is becoming the expected method for delivery of visual information and journalism, if it doesn’t move and make noise, no one pays attention.

The ease and availability of video and sound recording with a DSLR and other cameras is one of the causes for the spread of multimedia into all aspects of the photographic industry. However, the rise of wed-based news platforms, social media and delivery technology such as virtual formats (the New York Times just launched NYT VR last month) are also shaping the demands placed on the traditional role of the photographer.

It is the goal of this panel to discuss ways in which the new media environment can create opportunities to tell compelling stories with our images and how to stay competitive and relevant in a rapidly changing market.



Scott Dietrich
Dean C.K. Cox
Andri Tambunan
Zoe Flood
Ying Ang




Scott Dietrich
Scott Dietrich received a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1994 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. He has worked in the higher education, museum and the commercial fields of photography for the past 18 years.

Dean Cox
I split my professional life across three tracks: as a photojournalist, documentary photographer, and multimedia journalist. I have extensive international work experience, having traveled to and worked in more than 50 countries in the past 30 years.

Andri Tambunan
I am currently based in Jakarta / Bali, Indonesia dividing my time between commissioned assignments and self-initiated projects focusing on social, environmental, and human rights issues.  I have worked on environmental campaigns for Greenpeace International.  

Zoe Flood
I am an independent multimedia journalist based between Nairobi, Kenya, and London. I cover security and development issues across Africa, as well as business and economics, and travel and culture. I have contributed to outlets including the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Channel 4, Sky News, CBS 60 Minutes, National Geographic, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Times (UK), the Independent (UK), Al Jazeera English, the FT’s This is Africa, the New Statesman, Monocle, the Christian Science Monitor, IRIN News, Deutsche Welle, RTÉ and the Economist Intelligence Unit. I have also produced multimedia for non-profits including Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, the World Bank, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Save the Children and Millennium Promise.

Ying Ang
Based between Melbourne, Singapore and New York, Ying Ang has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows from New York to Arles, in addition to working for clients such as the Wall Street Journal, The Fader in New York, Das Magazin in Zurich, Yo Dona in Madrid and Afisha Mir in Moscow on editorial features. Ying has lived and worked extensively in Asia, Australia and North America, having pursued post-graduate studies in Political Science with a background in Biotechnology and Communications. She most recently published her artist book, Gold Coast, which has since won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014, was a finalist for Australian Photobook of the Year and acquired for the Rare Books Collection at the Victorian State Library.  A member of the MJR creative collective, Ying also devotes her time to working on curatorial projects with photo festivals, speaking engagements, producing publications and managing a variety of projects within the wider creative community. Ying is currently a part of the teaching faculty at The International Centre of Photography in New York and the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia.

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