By Agata Brilli, Giacomo Ciurlo, Michele Invernizzi, Giulia Piccoli Trapletti, Laura Toffetti, Hou Xuanxuan

When a picture is worth more
than 950.317 words

Everyday media organizations flood us with a huge amount of images to report the latest news, trying to provide us with all the things we need to reconstruct the big picture of a given phenomenon. However there are images that move us more than others because of their emotional power and it’s around these images that our perception is often shaped. This is true for the European migration crisis as well. Everyone of us, when talking about this issue, has in his/her mind one or more images that struck him/her and they are often different from one person to the other.
Susan Sontag once said, “to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude”. The images used to report a phenomenon are always the result of an editorial choice and all the different photographs that each of us remembers reflect the multitude of opinions on the issue. It becomes obvious then the great responsibility that the media industry has towards its audience when reporting a phenomenon of such impact. Even when arguing their cases, they should never twist reality to their own agenda.


At the crisis peak

A first exploration to the migration controversy on the web

Shaping public awareness

Images as a reflection of a phenomenon’s perception

The migration on stage

What the images tell us about editorial choices