JAMESTOWN - Multimedia communication and its impact on photojournalism will be presented by award-winning photographer Will Yurman at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre on Jamestown Community College's Jamestown Campus.
The program, Beyond the Still Photograph: Multimedia Journalism and Storytelling, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by JCC's college program committee and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.
Yurman, who is a senior lecturer in Penn State University's journalism department, was a photographer for several national and international publications for over 20 years. His work features strong visual content, driven by natural sound and the subject's own words.
He began exploring multimedia, combining audio with still photos, video, and text, in 2000. While working as a staff photographer at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Yurman produced a year-long online project that documented the lives of every homicide victim in the greater Rochester area in 2007. The project was the subject of a solo exhibition at the George Eastman House.
"Still photographers need to think beyond the single image or even the photo story," Yurman notes. "The digital age has opened doors that didn't even exist a decade ago. We need to think of ourselves as storytellers with a box full of tools at our disposal photographs of course, but also text, audio, video and more."
The recipient of many national and international awards for excellence in photojournalism, Yurman's still photography and multimedia work has been recognized in Best of Photography and Picture of the Year International contests.