Photojournalist Paul Taggart shares his long-term photography projects: dramatic panoramas of war zones and natural disasters, which were shot over the years in Lebanon and Haiti.
- Hi, my name's Paul Taggart, and I'm a photojounalist, and I work for newspapers, magazines, and in television. And, over the years of being a journalist, and going to some interesting places and documenting some amazing moments in history, I've also had the need to be an artist and sort of find personal projects that I do over a long, over the longterm. One of those projects is what I call the Panoramic Project, where I do panoramic images in dramatic situations, like the war in Lebanon in 2006 and the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti, which are the two locations I'm gonna show you today that showcase this panoramic style that I've been using.
One of the great things about having a long-term project, or even a couple long-term projects in your back pocket, is you're never left, as an artist or photographer, with the question of, "What do I shoot now?" Or, "What am I going to shoot?" Because you already have a project going, and it could be a project over, you know, months, or years, or decades, or in this case, a lifetime. Some of the subject matter that I photographed in these projects is a little bit charged or dramatic. But that doesn't mean you can't take these lessons and apply them to your personal life. The idea of looking back at a lifetime of photography and then creating a project from that, you could do just as well with family pictures, of your kids or other relatives.
For me, I've just spent the majority of my adult life in some very charged and dramatic places due to my job. And so that's the kind of work we're gonna look at today.
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.