Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Discussing a series of panoramas photographed in a war zone, part of Photography Project: Paul Taggart's Photojournalism Panoramas.
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- So this first group of pictures were all taken…during the 2006 Lebanon-Israeli War.…They were all actually taken while the war…was still going on, the bombs were still going off,…and there was constant airstrikes.…So, I had to move kind of quickly…while taking some of these.…When I had time, and there weren't bombs going off,…I would take my time and actually go around in a circle…and take anywhere from 30 to 60, maybe even 100 images.…This first group are done much quicker…because there is a war going on,…and I did something I rarely do,…which is, I actually turned my camera to shoot verticals…instead of horizontal,…and would take a number of images vertically…around a circle, in 360 degrees.…
And I did this just so I could have a little bit more…on the tops and bottoms of my frame.…So, we're going to take a look at these.…So, this image was literally,…either the first panoramic shot that I did in Lebanon,…or on the first day, at least.…And, because I felt like this was successful,…I continued doing them.…Now, I look at it, and it's funny…
For photojournalist Paul Taggart, long-term photography has been part of the assignment. Taggart lived in Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon War, and covered Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. While he took the typical photos demanded by international news agencies and magazines, he also shot dramatic panoramas that showed the full scope of these events. In this course, Paul shares images from Beirut and Port-au-Prince, and discusses the painstaking challenges and the rewards of this type of photojournalism.