A very different way to see photography

Diego Ibarra Sánchez_Education Under Attack_A young female student group attends lessons at her school attached at the night in Nowshera on December 21, 2012. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 2013
A young female student group attends lessons at her school attached at the night in Nowshera on December 21, 2012. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 2013. Credit: Diego Ibarra Sánchez.

A group of photojournalists and designers have launched an interactive digital magazine that focuses on longform visual storytelling and relies on some pretty sweet tech to make you see photos in a different way.

Called MeMo, short for Memory in Motion, the project was made possible by a successful Indiegogo campaign that ended in July 2014 and raised €22,058about $25,000, from 450 funders.

Using the MeMo iPad app, readers can swipe through images and stories and reveal darkened portions of photographs by tilting their screen to experience stories in new ways. 

Visual and interactive elements were created by the Libre design group. The magazine is a partnership between Libre and the MeMo collective, made up of Spanish photographers Manu Brabo, José Colón, Diego Ibarra Sánchez and Guillem Valle together with Italian journalist Fabio Bucciarelli.

Guillem Valle_Part of his 'Palestinians' Photo Story
Tyre, Lebanon. Mohamad Haj Moussa, a disabled boy from Rashidiya Palestinian refugee camp who was wounded by a cluster bomb, prepares his orthopedic legs inside his room. Credit: Guillem Valle.

Visit MeMo’s website for a demonstration of the iPad app and see their first issue, titled “Miedo,” or fear in SpanishThe Miedo issue includes stories that reflect on topics of war and the lack of education in Pakistan

 “We’re young, but we come with another generation’s ideas about photojournalism,” Colón told the New York Times Lens blog earlier this month. “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.”

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Sandra Proudman
Sandra is a writer and photographer based in Northern California. She is a believer in the power of crowdfunding to move projects and people forward.


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