Must-See Multimedia: Iraqi Kurdistan

If you haven't seen this, you are in for a treat. Mediastorm's new piece is something photographers can watch on multiple levels.

While we are constantly saturated with coverage from Iraq, we only see the things that make news on a given day. Ed Kashi's Iraqi Kurdistan is an expansive kaleidoscope of imagery showing the real Kurdistan people, their daily life, and their culture.

It is less like viewing a story and more like visiting the region yourself.

In addition, this is a unique chance to see Kashi's entire shoot the way a picture editor would see it. There are literally thousands of images, shown rapid-fire in a flipbook style.

We no longer shoot in chunks of thirty six frames. In a world limited only by memory cards and batteries, you will see how Kashi generously spends pictures on developing situations as he works.

He shot the photos over a seven-week period while on assignment for National Geographic. You want to know what is expected from a Yellow Book photographer? Here's a good look at what it takes to cover an assignment.

I'd recommend seeing it twice: First as a consumer, and then as a photographer.

Also worth seeing is Kristen Ashburn's new piece, Bloodline: AIDS and Family, which looks at the AIDS crisis in Africa from the perspective of the people affected by the disease.

This presentation combines stunning black-and-white stills with video and audio to create a package that immerses you in a way that no print-based story could.

If you are a visual journalist - or hope to be one - you should think of Mediastorm as an evolving classroom that merits a regular visit.

This stuff is not just the future of photojournalism. It is what is happening now.


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