Embury’s paper sets out to discover whether there is a growing place for reportage illustration, where it sits compared to a photographic essay, and why there are so few commissions for this type of work.
The information has been gathered from interview with practitioners, educators and members of Reportager.org.
It concludes that visual journalism has a positive future, particularly with self initiated, authorial work. Examples are drawn from illustrators such as Joe Sacco, Bo Seremsky. Martjane Satrapi, Olivier Kugler and Mitch Miller.
The paper addressed the reasons why there is a gap for visual journalism to grow, why it is perfectly placed to fill that gap, and examines the advantages drawing has over photography in this area. There was no evidence from those commissioning illustration, and this would have been a useful and practical addition.
EMBURY, G. (2013). The new visual journalism. VaroomLab(1) p 61-70. [online]. Available from:
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