Community input and approval can be a difficult task for photojournalists working on a story that may not present present a favorable view of the subjects.
After Huey’s original photos were published in the New York Times three years ago he heard from not only some of the people he photographed but many that he didn’t wanting him to return to expand his original series to include a broader and more accurate view of the people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Huey partnered with Cowbird to display the continuing result of his project on the proud people he’s just begin to understand. His collection of photos made the cover story for National Geographic magazine with its Web site including Huey’s recording to help tell the story.
Huey’s story continues in another Lens Blog piece at today’s New York Times.
“Mr. Huey says that he has come to realize that journalists, and publications, are sometimes ill-suited to tell well-rounded stories about complete communities. Even on the web, publications don’t have the “time, space or attention” to tell the story of a whole community.
Which is not to say that journalists shouldn’t be telling these stories.”