A radio site takes on photography

Photos are spread throughout National Public Radio's website to go with various stories. What is unique about NPR's use of photojournalism, though, is it's photo blog The Picture Show.

The blog has become a personal favorite of mine for multiple reasons. One story, Unexpected Afghanistan: Images Give People A Voice, is a profile on the photographer Seamus Murphy, and includes his photos on Afghan natives. With the use of a slideshow along with a single emotion-driven photo the piece becomes more interesting than another war-story in Afghanistan.  

An Uzbek farmer relaxes in a field after a day's harvest, Takhar Province, 2004. (Courtesy of NPR)

An Uzbek farmer relaxes in a field after a day's harvest, Takhar Province, 2004. (Courtesy of NPR)

Another story, A Teenager's Photo That Helped Inspire Libya's Revolutionaries, shows how one photo – while, not taken by a NPR affiliate – can create enough impact for a full article. The young Libyan woman holding a flag – with a quote written on it from earlier Libyan freedom fighter Omar Muhktar – said: "I wanted people to look at it (the photo) and see how that the flag itself is ugly, but how the words on it were beautiful."

NPR uses a Flickr account that goes along with the blog, as well. The site accepts photos uploaded from members. Some are then used within the blog as the Your Photo Of The Day posting. Using its successful photo blog and Flickr account, NPR has targeted a large photographic audience.