A Image of Boyhood Worth a Thousand Words

I’ve done a couple of posts recently parsing out what editorial photographs can tell us, and what they can’t. It’s rare these days to see magazines using images that provide meaningful insight. Most pictures in print simply illustrate some fact that a writer has plucked out of the information stream. Most editors, and probably most readers, simply don’t trust photographs to help make sense of a news story. This week’s Time magazine cover story about boys is an example of how a photograph can do

I've done a couple of posts recently parsing out what editorial photographs can tell us, and what they can't. It's rare these days to see magazines using images that provide meaningful insight. Most pictures in print simply illustrate some fact that a writer has plucked out of the information stream. Most editors, and probably most readers, simply don't trust photographs to help make sense of a news story. This week's Time magazine cover story about boys is an example of how a photograph can do it--and do it better than words. The key to it all is the wonderful photograph by the inimitable David Burnett that opens the story.

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