Field Notes – Dagens Nyheter Photography

The first thing I always notice when looking at front pages of Dagens Nyheter is how much their use of photography differs from that of papers like the New York Times. Dagens Nyheter frequently uses portraits for their front page, highlighting a specific person or small group. These single photos often function as the centerpiece on the front page, taking up more than half – sometimes even ¾ – of the available space. This gives the paper more of a magazine/feature-like feel than hard news journalism. While it’s not something I’ve ever seen U.S. papers do, I think it functions very well as an attention grabber.

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They also use some smaller pictures on the cover for the promos and some of the other stories that begin on the first page. These are handled with a little more creativity/quirkiness. They are often cutouts with a bright red background, or are cropped into circles.

Promos

Promos

Other stories starting on front page

Other stories starting on front page

Cutouts and circle crops

Cutouts and circle crops

Most pages after the front page do have at least one photo. Many of them are actually square, or slightly elongated either vertically or horizontally. They’re typically medium shots. Usually there’s only one large photo per story and page, taking up a good portion of the page. But there are usually a few smaller photos for additional stories; sometimes these are cutouts or cropped into circles, like on the front page.

Center spread

Center spread

All of the photos are always in color. Maybe it’s just me or my computer screen, but they seem much more vibrant than most of the photos I see in newspapers here in the U.S. (especially the New York Times, like we talked about in class.) But since I’m not a professional photographer, I’m not sure how else to explain it. In some cases, type is placed directly on the image with a black or red background.

Vibrant Photography

Vibrant Photography

Overall, Dagens Nyheter has a very colorful, modern, and playful feel. Like I said before, it reminds me a lot of a magazine, especially when it comes to their use of photography.

Allison Clark