21 Mar '11, 6am

Le pouvoir des images - The Straits Times Blogs

Michael Sargent talks about the emotional effect of pictures over words There's some debate over the origin of the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words." Some say it originated from an Emperor of the Xia Dynasty in China about 4,000 years ago and others insist it was the translation of a phrase by Napoleon Bonaparte, implying the same thing. Regardless, it's a phrase that holds many truths, as demonstrated over the years in visual reporting, i.e. photojournalism. The most recent examples of this have been from the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. What words could possibly describe what the pictures and video footage have shown us from this catastrophic disaster? Powerful and timely images and footage from this event have populated the front pages of newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcast networks the world over, starting from the moment the story broke. The S...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/3/21/the-power-of-pict...

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