Best of the Web
A roundup of outstanding photography, video and multimedia from across the Web.
The New York Times multimedia series One in 8 million has been awarded an Emmy Award in the documentaries category in New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming. One in 8 million, a 55-episode series that the New York Times started last summer, takes a simple and elegant approach to portray the everyday lives of New Yorkers, strong visuals, strong audio and people telling their own stories.
The interviews are intimate slices of people’s lives that viewers can appreciate on a human level. The simple musing of the people who make up New York are juxtaposed against imagery that is not necessarily literal to the audio. The images let us ponder the lives of these New Yorkers on a personal level. What stood out about the production was that all the interviews were recorded before a single photograph was taken. The interviews would serve as cues to what type of visual coverage was needed in the production.
Time magazine has produced an audio slide show highlighting images from publisher Taschen’s book “New York: Portrait of a City. ” The book is a nostalgic look spanning decades with many never-before-seen images of the city.
The slide show features an interview with Reuel Golden, editor and author of the book, describing the process of culling through hundreds of thousands of images to create a nearly 600-page photographic tome of the Big Apple.
Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari of California Is a Place bring us to a place where champions are made, the ICC table tennis camp in Milpitas, Calif. The competition is fierce, with players fighting for every point, but before winning… first comes having fun.
The piece is beautifully produced; tight compositions and palettes of simple colors are perfectly paced to the rhythm of the game.
The Vimeo Festival + Awards finalists have been selected from over 6,500 entries. The contest honors the best in online videos. The winners will be announced at the festival in New York on Oct. 9. Filmmaker Doug Pray, best known for his acclaimed feature-length documentary “Art & Copy”; Lucy Walker, award-winning documentary director; and Morgan Spurlock, director of “Super Size Me” are the judges of the documentary category who have narrowed the entries down to five finalists.
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