Spring 2010 | Online Exclusives

Looking Beneath the Surface of Stories in Iraq, Iowa and Rwanda

Providing storytelling and context for photographs is a major motivation for MediaStorm’s multimedia projects, such as the three that founder Brian Storm discusses in the conversation.

“The Marlboro Marine” by Luis Sinco. This Los Angeles Times photojournalist’s image of Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller became an icon of the Iraq War. “The Marlboro Marine” tells the story of how Miller tries to heal the scars of war and how two lives became connected by a photograph.

“Driftless: Stories from Iowa” by Danny Wilcox Frazier. As the economies of rural communities across America fail, abandonment is becoming commonplace. “Driftless” explores a Midwest that resides in shadows, a people quietly enduring America’s new economic reality.

“Intended Consequences” by Jonathan Torgovnik. An estimated 20,000 children were born from rapes committed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. “Intended Consequences” chronicles the lives of these women. Their narratives are embodied in photographs, interviews and oral reflections about the daily challenges they face today.

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