There are those who say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  To an extent, they are correct.  It would take lines and lines to describe the contents of these pictures.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/23/travel/idaho-landscapes-page/index.html?hpt=hp_bn12

 

While this series of photos certainly does not constitute a linear story, the collection certainly does leave a lasting impression about the landscape in Idaho at this time of the year.  I never realized how photogenic Idaho can be.  The composition in these photos is certainly not to be overlooked.  The photographer chose his subjects very well.  The horse, the jagged mountain tops, and the rustic fence tell the viewer about a rural countryside in late summer.  The captions elaborate on what the viewer is seeing without saying too much.

But photos can be just as important inside a hard news story.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-677594

These photos show protesters of the use of the death penalty in the case of Troy Davis.  Viewers can see the feelings of the protesters play out through their expressions.

The composition on the lead picture is very good.  The woman hides her face behind a photograph of Davis.  The photograph ties the recent reaction of the public to Davis himself.

Also included in this set of photos are a series of images of posters used by Davis’s supporters.  These photos highlight the grass roots element of the protest.  The narrative here is that every day people have taken time out of their lives for this issue, and they care enough to make their own signs.

http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/21/tradition-forces-daughters-into-prostitution/

These pictures appeal to the viewer’s emotions concerning India’s traditions and the exploitation of young girls.  Composition is again relevant.  The children are the main subjects of the images, all portrayed doing typical everyday things.  The children are typically shown in contrast to much taller adults, who tower over them and decide their fates.  The faces of some of the people in these photos are blurred for their protection.

Overall, I’d say CNN does an excellent job of using photography in conjunction with news stories.

 

 

 

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