Nothing proves The power of Photography like Nothing

Joni Mitchel sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” It appears writer Amar Toor absolutely agrees as he revealed in his article in the Verge, “French newspaper shows power of photography by removing all images.” The title about says it all. To demonstrate the power of photo journallism, the newspaper Libération simply removed all photography and left sterile, blank boxes surrounded by keylines to show their readers exactly what they were missing – and where.

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Toor wrote, “French newspaper Libération this week removed all images from one of its daily print editions, as part of a statement on the importance of photojournalism at a time when several media outlets are cutting their staff. The November 14th issue was the paper’s first to be published without a single photo, writes Libération culture journalist Brigitte Ollier in an articled titled “Libération plunged into darkness.”

“In their place: a series of empty frames that create a form of silence; an uncomfortable one,” Ollier continues. “It’s noticeable, information is missing, as if we had become a mute newspaper. [A newspaper] without sound, without this little internal music that accompanies sight.

Read the whole article here.

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