|Storytellers of all forms are constantly seeking new ways to narrate, portray, or publish content. Journalists look for ways to cross-platform and incorporate new media into their stories, as evidenced by new features from the New York Times. Online marketers seek new ways to make create unique and dynamic content, and 69% of say that this content is important to their websites.Now, a new magazine app for the iPad is offering photographers a new way to share their own stories.
Memory in Motion, or MeMo as it’s being called, is an independently published digital platform crowd-funded through a collaboration between the MeMo collective of award-winning documentary photographers and technically savvy web group Libre. It’s an attempt to innovate long-form storytelling while simultaneously respecting the classic ethics of documentary photography.
Users not only view the photographs, but explore their worlds, allowing them to better understand the context in which they were taken, through media-maps, text, and infographics. There are even responsive 360-degree panoramic photo environments.
The first themed issue is titled “Fear,” and focuses on events in Libya, but also features work on religion and the European financial crisis, and violence against Pakistani schools. Robert Capa Gold Medal winner Fabio Bucciarelli, Pulitzer Prize winner Manu Brabo, World Press Photo winner Guillem Valle, New York Times contributor Diego Ibarra Sánchez, and Agence France-Presse contributor José Colón — the five founding members of MeMo — are all featured.
The app is currently available on the iPad only, but an Android version is also in the works.
However, the next phase of the project will focus on a website that will offer the project the most potential not only for survival, but for growth, real-time social connectivity, and audience engagement, which is the heart of the founders’ philosophy.