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Instagram

 

Since 2014 I’ve been using Instagram as a space for innovative storytelling. By stripping down journalism techniques, focusing on the tension between image and text, and collaborating with talented partners, I’ve found the platform can deliver an intimate experience of character, place, and ideas.

It's my favorite place to tell true stories.

 
 
photo by Randy Olson

photo by Randy Olson

photo by Lindsey Addario

photo by Lindsey Addario

photo by Neil Shea

photo by Neil Shea

 
 

Instagram storytelling is part journalism, part design challenge, part quantum exercise. Word/picture stories can also be gathered into news coverage or larger documentary projects. I’ve given a TED talk on how experimenting with this form has changed the way I see and write. I’ve also published some thoughts on how using short-form techniques can complement other types of storytelling. Below, an article, some works-in-progress, and two interviews.

 
 

A Bizarre Bazaar

- in The American Scholar

 
 
 

I've also been asked to speak and give workshops about storytelling concepts and methods, and I've collaborated with some talented photographers to explore what's possible with short narrative. Some of recent workshops and talks are listed below. More info can be found in the section on Teaching + Speaking.

 
 

Workshops / Talks

TEDx @ Emory University
Instagram HQ
Harvard University: Nieman Foundation
Chandelier Creative Agency
Seoul Digital Forum
Power of Narrative Conference

 
 

And finally there's my feed, where all of this stuff comes together.