Posted in Projects on 12/02/2016
Pushing the limits of visual storytelling
Me-Mo was created by a group of committed photojournalists and talented developers. Together they strongly believe that photography must push alongside new technologies in order to take a leading role in the development of storytelling in the digital era.
Memory in Motion (Me-Mo)
With the strength of a digital application and high quality reports, Me-Mo produces a transmedia narrative magazine by combining audio, video, text and animation to reinforce the universal language of photojournalism, bringing important stories from across the globe to bigger audiences.
New technologies have broadened the impact of photography worldwide. Yet the immediacy that technology can provide has often played a negative role in regards to the quality of the journalistic information at hand. Me-Mo is different in approach as it uses technology to form new ways of storytelling and involving the reader in the experience.
Through this immersive technique of creating a virtual version of the story, the viewer is afforded unprecedented access to the sights and sounds, and even feelings and emotions, which accompany the news.
An essential feature of the magazine’s interactivity is that it is mutual: user and machine each take an active role; with Me-Mo the viewers will not only learn, but experience and question the information provided in the articles.
Photography and technology always made history hand in hand, in a bid to democratise images. A window to the world, photography depicts a collective social portrait.
Photography’s ability to accurately reproduce external reality, lending a documentary character and bringing up the process of reproduction as the most faithful, the most impartial of social life. The impact of photography lies in its transformative power to portray multiple world visions in an instant.
What is Me-Mo?
Like a modern fairy-tale, Me-Mo was born through digital resources, in it’s quest to conquer the heart and minds of this material age, and make the world a better place.
Me-Mo Magazine was initially sponsored financially through a crowdfunding campaign.
We used Indigogo with a 15 000 € aim and we received 22 058 € reaching 143% of our goal and becoming one of the most successful Indigogo campaigns in the category of Photography.
Me-Mo is a documentary photography magazine publishing long-term projects and in-depth stories focused on social issues, conflict and humanitarian disasters. Dedicated to creating sustainable photography projects which narrate international histories whilst reaching out to the widest audience possible.
Me-Mo magazine will be published quarterly and in English, Spanish and Italian.
The tone and direction of the publication’s editorial policy lies in the team’s quarterly meetings when
reviewing news and opinion trends in relation to the submitted works.
Me-Mo is a democratic platform where all stories pitched to us will be heard. Each issue will have a conceptual theme selected by the Me-Mo team, in relation to current affairs and world events. The strongest freelance works submitted to Me-Mo will be paid for and published.
Me-Mo aims at pioneering in high quality journalism, with state of the art technology. The focus of the content is photography, however, videos, audio, maps, infographics and text of quality will also be key features of the publication.
The material which will be published is based on the following criteria;
High quality story telling
Strong aesthetic standards, Intellectual and narrative approaches
Each issue will have a key theme which conceptually links the featured stories. For example Fear will be the theme for issue #1. Reports in this issue include;
Manu Brabo’s personal commentary on a three-year story about Libyan prisoners, after he himself had been taken into captivity during the Libyan civil war in 2011.
Fabio Bucciarelli ’s in depth work on the civil war in Libya and his story behind the iconic image of Gaddafi’s corpse.
Guillem Valle’s 12-year long-term project about stateless nations.
Jose Colon’s essay on Faith and Crisis in Spain.
Diego Ibarra’s feature on the constant violent attacks on education in Pakistan.
World-renowned journalists will collaborate with us by providing insights and editorials on every issue. We will include a guest writer for each editorial in our bid to reach out to other professionals working on similar themes. Also, as a tribute to our teachers and mentors, we wish to give a veteran photographer the carte blanche to animate a page in each issue to his own liking.
The concept: digital innovation in photojournalism
The concept of Me-Mo is based on an unique approach to photojournalism and documentary photography. By using all the possibilities that technology has to offer Me-Mo has been created as a platform for a new experience within digital media. The concept of Me-Mo is within an evolving medium, as well as building community, therefore, constantly adapting to the realities around us.
Keeping in with the times, yet testing the boundaries.
The approach of Me-Mo is based on traditional ways of working in dedicated journalism, with a twist of state of the art technology. Me-Mo challenges the norm by involving the viewer in an interactive and more immersive experience, allowing them to be more critical of the news they are reading. Creating unique content that will engage the audience in their daily lives.
“Me-Mo Magazine is a photographic platform that will use the interactivity that this new technology offers in order to enhance the message of the author. When it comes to the stories we are looking for, long-term projects are our priority. In a way, photography is the soul of Me-Mo and interactivity is its body. “
Guillem Valle, Me-Mo co-founder, during an interview for Leica Fotografie International, October 17th, 2014.
Me-Mo featured reportages oblige the author to think and work in a more comprehensive and challenging manner. Pushing the boundaries of technology and questioning the current approach to digital news, Me-Mo aims at moving away from the frenzy of mass media and the influx of images to focus on long-term and in-depth projects. Telling the story with high quality journalism takes time and dedication.
“We’re young, but we come with another generation’s ideas about photojournalism,” Mr. Colón said. “It’s about depth, commitment, honesty and independence. That has not been abandoned yet. Before, you did not have to send a picture in 10 minutes. Sometimes it took months for the negatives to arrive. Immediacy is not for me.”
Jose Colon, Me-Mo co-founder, during an interview for The New York Times, July 9th, 2014
As freelancers, journalists are able to pursue the stories they connect with as they do not have the constraints of time or pushing certain editorial lines, and there is no need for self censorship so to fit in with mainstream media. The public is aware of these factors within journalism, and with an increase in digital media, people engage with their online choices to build their own news judgement.
Me-Mo is an initiative that aims at setting trends. It is not only a response to the current situation of photojournalism but a natural evolution within the profession.
Technology and journalism have not yet come into accordance on depth and rigour. Saturated with information broadcasted in real time, we are drowning in data that has no meaning or context. Whilst the demand for news increases, conditions are trickier and the work more competitive within the profession. The Me-Mo platform uses technology to present a unique opportunity for dialogue between professionals and readers, establishing a much needed link between the media and its consumers.
Me-Mo strives to create a shared platform for a human community where thought, respect and commitment to storytelling is valued. Me-Mo will use digital media in favour of a more complete journalistic report, highlighting the necessity to change the current state of immediacy and fast news delivered through technology. Me-Mo aims for quality, not quantity, in media’s thoroughness of information.
Supporting fellow freelancers to voice their dedicated stories which might not fit mainstream news outlets, Me-Mo is made by freelancers and for freelancers. We wish to give journalism the respect and importance it once had, as the voice of the unheard and telling the stories in historical context.
The Me-Mo website content will be a platform of exchange. Forming a community of photojournalist enthusiasts where professionals can communicate with their readers. A place where the reader can interact with Me-Mo by suggesting topics, sharing part of the stories or voting the annual monographic theme. This is a living space, adapting and evolving in an attempt to bring more voices and participation to Me-Mo’s cause, and giving visibility to the issues at hand.
Thus, we create the Me-Mo community.
Who is Me-Mo?
Manu Brabo (Spain, 1981) is a freelance photojournalist whose work focuses on social conflicts around the world. Since 2007 he has been working on political upheavals, uprisings and wars in countries like Haiti, Honduras, Kosovo, Libya, Egypt, Syria and Ukraine. Among other awards, Manu received with other AP photographers the 2013 Pulitzer prize in Breaking news category.
Fabio Bucciarelli (Italy, 1980) is a documentary photographer dedicated to covering conflicts and humanitarian consequences of war. Fabio spent the latest years covering the major world changing events in Africa and Middle East. Fabio has won numerous awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, Prix Bayeux-Calvados, World Press Photo, POYi, BOP, Sony WPO and World Report Award. His work has been published by Time Magazine, NYT, Parish Match, La Stampa, BBC, Foreing Policy, The Guardian among others.
José Colón (Spain,1975). After moving to Barcelona Colón specializes in photojournalism and documentary photography. His work has been shown in Spain, Italy, USA, Germany, France, Brazil as well as being published in various international magazines.
Diego Ibarra (Spain 1982). Diego Ibarra Sánchez graduated as a journalist in 2005, and since has not ceased to explore the soul of what he is capturing. Diego is working on self-motivated projects and publishing most of them in newspapers and magazines such New York Times, Der Spiegel or Liberation.
Guillem Valle (Catalonia, 1983). Valle has been based in Bangkok since 2010 covering Southeast Asia, the Arab Spring including the civil war in Libya and the Kurdish struggle in Northern Syria. Laureate with awards, such as World Press Photo and Best of Photojournalism.
Editor in Chief:
Maral Deghati (Iran, 1983). Currently based in Paris, Maral is multilingual and multicultural with a background in media, fine arts and human sciences. Previously photo-editor and special assignments editor for Agence France-Presse covering news from Europe, Africa and South Asia. Maral has worked in photo-agencies as a photo-editor, as well as on documentary film projects as producer and project liaison officer.
Addretouch (Spain, 2011). Based in Barcelona since 2011 Addretouch specializes in digital post-production services for photographers. They go beyond tweaking the colour balance of images or reports. Instead, they add a style that strengthens the message which the photographer wishes to convey through their work.