Shrunken dunk

by andybechtel

Photojournalism online is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, news Web sites can offer multiple images with a story rather than just one or two in print. Slide shows can be storytelling vehicles that are independent of story text and enlivened with sound.

On the other hand, many photos lose their impact because they are too small. That’s the case here. In print, this photo of a UNC basketball player’s emphatic dunk is a powerful image, stretching across five columns of the page. On the Web next to this story, it loses its sense of drama because it measures about 2 inches by 1 inch on a typical computer screen. (More on the photo here.)

The problem isn’t this particular photo or this particular newspaper Web site. The problem is the medium itself and its limitations.

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