This story here is amazing.
Not just the story, the way it is told. Is this the future of photojournalism? This is a subject that is on every photographer’s mind at the moment and no-one is sure. The “gallery” above isn’t trying to help a photo editor find images (indeed it goes against everything they apparently like); it doesn’t care about the media it doesn’t itself occupy; it isn’t trying to be adapted to others’ designs. It is its own piece: a self-contained, interactive, informative, striking, memorable, interesting and beautiful work of storytelling.
I’m impressed and inspired.
I’d love to be doing this with the images and stories my friends and I make. I am working on some stories with some great photographers here in Japan in a very loose combining of talent and ideas. But the work in the link above goes far beyond the pooling of photos and sharing of time and ideas most of us think about when talking about collectives. And I’m not sure a story on salarymen as in the requisite self-publicity header shot above (just in case the old ways of marketing still work) is a strong enough story.
Got to think harder on that as I’m not sure the Kroo Bay essay is sellable, as and of itself, in this form and yet it is so supremely adapt at getting its message across that people will want to see it.