Photography and Storytelling (and Silent Movies)


General Photography

There’s this idea going around that photography is bad at telling stories. I don’t think that’s true at all - quite on the contrary! Good storytelling is more than the words on the paper, or the words plus music plus sounds on the radio, or the words plus images plus music plus sounds on the screen. Good storytelling lives from all the elements that are triggered in the reader’s or listener’s or viewer’s mind and that, in combination with what the storyteller had to offer, make up the story itself. Saying that photographs are bad at storytelling essentially is like saying that words (or maybe sentences) are bad at storytelling. I had to think of this when I watched Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen, a fantastic silent movie, which tells a story without most of the elements we take for granted in contemporary movies.