Whether reporting on sports, politics or the arts, photography is a crucial element of journalism — and FRANK Gallery’s latest exhibit will showcase some of photojournalism's best at UNC.
The University’s student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association, is holding their annual photojournalism competition, “37th Frame,” tonight on the gallery floor.
The name of the show comes from the technique of stretching film, which would ordinarily yield 36 frames, to hold an additional 37th. To some photographers, the myth goes that the 37th frame is always the most powerful.
The show displays photographs taken by students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, all of which will be evaluated categorically in an exhibit-wide contest.
“All the work is photo journalistic,” said junior journalism major Isabella Bartolucci. “None of it’s posed. It’s all real life stuff that photographers have captured.”
A former photographer for The Daily Tar Heel, Bartolucci is president of the UNC chapter of the NPPA and helped organize the event.
She said she hopes people leave the exhibit with a greater understanding about the relevance of photography in journalism.
“I think in today’s world, photography is as important as ever,” she said. “People wouldn’t read newspapers or click online if there weren’t pictures, and I think people need to appreciate that more.”
The photographs in the exhibit are divided into six categories: news, sports, feature, pictorial, portrait and photo stories. Each section will then be reviewed by a panel of three judges to determine a winner.