Editorial Work: portfolio

Editorial Photographs tell a story and implies a narrative. These photos are often used alongside text to convey a message  and establish a scene, feel, or simple visual reference point. Editorial Photography has many uses; magazines, websites, photojournalism, documentaries, news articles, blog posts, textbooks, newsletters etc... We have partnered with many non-profit and government agencies to provide photojournalistic and in-studio editorial images for press releases, fundraising, art projects, and information sharing campaigns. Editorial photos illustrate the main concepts of the story or message.

Travel photography involves the documentation of an area's landscape, people, cultures, customs, and history. A travel photo is an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place. This could include include landscapes, and other unique scenes as well as people and culture. This genre of photography is useful for documenting characteristics of a specific place. These images are often used to market experiences for travel companies, hotels and airlines. However, these images also can be used as stand alone pieces of art.

travel Photography

Documentary Photography

Documentary Photographs reflect aspects of society with the goal of being descriptive and accurate. Within the area of documentary photography is portraiture, photojournalism and street photography. Documentary photographs may explore a social issue or culture with the goal of reflecting the social realities of physical and cultural spaces that we occupy. 

Fossils of the Industrial Age 

'Fossils of the Industrial Age' is a collection which depicts the industrial decay of trains. The engines and train cars in these photos represent a time period of rapid economic expansion during the industrial economic era in the United States. Abandoned and eroded by time, these machines have aged alongside this period of economic history. Transformed by natural processes, the cars, engines, and various elements documented in these images instigate the viewer's memory and provoke the imagination. 

In many ways peoples have been cut off from their past through the dislocation of historical narratives by the omnipresence of informational technology. These images remind us of a time when inhabiting societal spaces was not possible through live-streaming, video conferences, and virtual reality. In the past our social realities and cultural traditions were constructed through our lived experience at different locations and places. Similarly, our economy solely relied on the physical transportation of goods and services. As our economy became information-based and divorced from clock time, so did our experience in society. What has been left behind - and documented here are 'the dinosaurs' of our time. The viewer is invited to navigate the aesthetic qualities, and at times, the oddities in each image. At the same time, these images stress the tension that exists between capital expansion and nature. 

Healthcare stories

This project began as a collaboration between San Diego Organizing Project, Narrative Images, and community leaders as a means to collect and share perspectives as well as stories from Americans about their healthcare system. These photos are a sample of the exhibit that eventually grew into a collection with hundreds of participants from across the country. This series was created in 2009 - prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. It traveled the country and was eventually displayed in the United States Capitol building prior to legislators voting on this piece of legislation. It now serves as a snapshot from the history of America's relationship with their healthcare system.   

Our photographs are combined with the participant's handwriting to provide a space for open and honest dialogue. The collection grew as it traveled across the country. Anyone who decided to voice their perspective or share their story was welcome to participate. 'Healthcare Stories' was created in the style of a photographic typology - a type of documentary photography in which the collection of photos itself is paramount. This involves putting together a series of images shot in a consistent, repetitive manner so as to allow broad patterns to emerge. The consistent plain white backdrop provides equal representation to the people and their stories/perspective.

Represented in the project are people from various walks of life and religious, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, professions, ages and abilities, as well as those uninsured/underinsured as well as those with insurance. Yet, all of the people share something in common: they value their life and their loved ones. People from across the country with varying experiences and views traversed a single backdrop until it wore out and eventually needed to be replaced.

Homelessness & Housing

These images were created in partnership with Father Joe's Villages (FJV) in San Diego, CA. FJV is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of programming which support self-sufficiency. Some of these services include spiritual support, health services, mentorship/guidance, employment training and services, therapeutic child services and childcare, as well as transitional housing.
People who are homeless have greater health risks such as serious illness, mental health issues, substance abuse, and violence. They are 3-4x more likely to die prematurely than those who are housed, have 3-6x higher rate of illness than their housed peers, and are 10x more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. (FJV website)
The images below are used to honor people's experiences and stories as well as the work of FJV in the community. Through their work, many families and individuals have been able to transform their life situation. Over the past 10 years FJV has helped nearly 12,000 people find permanent housing.  

Why do i need editorial photographs?

Editorial photography illustrates the main concept of the story. In this sense, editorial photographs are by their nature descriptive. These images are a visual means to convey information to the viewer. The difference between strict photojournalism and documentary photography and editorial work is that the first two are more objective and and the photographer's interpretation or vision is not as apparent in the images. 




  

 

Some ways that editorial photography can be used to enhance your brand awareness 

Consider a photo essay where we photograph the work that you do or a service that you provide. Imagine a behind-the-scenes series of photos on your production process.

A Day in The Life photo essay can be created to tell the story of how your service impacts your clients or how your product is used in real life scenarios.

Perhaps you want to feature editorial style portraits of your team and staff to elevate your brand’s presence online or in a publication.

Another idea is a photo series profiling an inspirational story of a customer or employee that can be featured on your website, in an annual report, or submitted to a magazine or journal for publication in print or online.

Some businesses choose to decorate their office space with imagery that demonstrates the work that they do. Consider hanging images of your staff in action, products in production or inspiring imagery of the customers benefiting from your services to boost morale and purpose in the office space.



  

 

Types of editorial photography

Editorial Travel Photography
Travel photography is a form of editorial work that involves documenting a place, its culture, people, food, tourist attractions and unique natural beauty. Travel photography may be used by a travel or transportation company, tourism bureau, government agency, resort or hotel. This work is also used inside of airports and across the internet. 

Humanitarian Photographers
Humanitarian photographs document people, living conditions, and the human experience. For this work we have partnered with NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and non-profits as well as local and  international government agencies. These organizations specialize in different areas: education, healthcare, awareness, environmental protection, refugees, conflict and land management. Human Rights as it pertains to children and development has also been a focus of ours over the years. This type of photography is about establishing a bond, connecting people, and honoring realities with a respectful and dignified approach. Our backgrounds in sociology and human rights has informed how we approach these assignments. Our work in this area is about honoring people's stories and experiences through images. 

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