Field Notes: Photography

The images used in The New York Times can range from one column wide to 5 column wides (they rarely use images that span the entire 6 columns). Each page usually has a minimum of two images and a max of around four images. The larger images tend to be at the top of the page and then they get smaller as you move down the page. The pictures tend to be wide, passive shots. It actually surprised me how few action shots are featured in each issue. The most common picture I’ve seen closest to action are crowds during a protest or a speaker speaking at a podium and holding up their finger. The images are always square and type is never placed on top of the images.

The stories on the front page tend to only have one picture, but inside of the magazine, there can be up to three or four images per story. The images alternate between being color and greyscale. Usually, images with compelling content that can stand on their own tend to be greyscale while more boring images tend to utilize color to liven them up.

Front Pages

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Inside Pages





Noelle Devoe