Stories of Change celebrates authenticity in visual storytelling. It offers us an intimate perspective on everyday life in five North African countries—Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia—through the eyes of a group of photographers and videographers from the region, all alumni of the Reporting Change training program run by World Press Photo Academy through 2012 and 2014.
The Reporting Change workshops led to two productions: a book and the online experience you can access by clicking the 'Enter' button above. The visual stories that emerged aim to challenge perceptions of the region bringing insight to issues and to the lives of people that we might not otherwise have had. It is an insider’s view of a part of the world that is rarely out of the news, but is often given one-dimensional, headline-grabbing treatment.
The productions not only make the stories more visible, but highlight the work of the storytellers themselves. Online, in addition to the journalists’ biographies, you have the opportunity to follow them live through their social media channels. A visual chronology of the most significant events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is included, as well as links to local (video) bloggers, who reflect on current events from an inside perspective.
The book Stories of Change is available at bookstores and in World Press Photo’s online store in English and German. The online production is offered in English, but will soon also be available in French and Arabic.