The Wider Im­age

Ex­plore a range of mean­ing­ful photo sto­ries from news pho­tog­ra­phers all around the globe

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What the app does

We used to turn to The­Guardian Eye­wit­ness app for our reg­u­lar dose of pho­to­graphic in­spi­ra­tion. Now this stand­alone app is no more (the con­tent hav­ing been ab­sorbed into The

Guardian app), we’ve cast our net wider, and The Wider Im­age from the world’s big­gest news agency makes for a deeper pho­tog­ra­phy ex­pe­ri­ence, de­liv­er­ing photo sto­ries from around the globe.

When to use it

While there’s a sprin­kling of in­sight from the pho­tog­ra­phers through­out the app, this is more of an in­spi­ra­tional show­case to re­mind us of the power that pho­tog­ra­phy has to bring per­spec­tive and in­sight to the big new sto­ries. The app is up­dated in con­cert with Reuters’

The Wider Im­age web­site, which has con­tri­bu­tions from 600 pho­tog­ra­phers.

How to use it

It can take a short while to get used to the app’s nav­i­ga­tion, as it mixes both hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal swip­ing, but there’s lots to dis­cover. The breadth of the con­tent is ex­cel­lent, and as well as se­lect­ing in­di­vid­ual reports to read from the main screen, you can use the map view to pick your photo story based on its lo­ca­tion, or choose your favourite pho­tog­ra­pher and go from there.

Each pho­tog­ra­pher has a mini pro­file, where they briefly dis­cuss their favourite shot and pro­vide some back­ground to their work­ing prac­tices via a pot­ted in­ter­view. There’s a splash of video con­tent avail­able in the app too, as well as be­fore-and-af­ter slid­ers so you can com­pare the im­pact of changes made to a lo­ca­tion per­haps by a war, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter or rede­vel­op­ment. Or you can sim­ply gaze in won­der at the stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy. There are other sim­i­lar ‘gallery’ apps out there, but few with a wider reach, or bet­ter im­ages.

You can browse the pro­files of Reuters’ pho­tog­ra­phers, see which sto­ries they’ve been in­volved in and get some in­sight into their ap­proach

Use the Ex­plore fea­ture to view sto­ries ac­cord­ing to lo­ca­tion; scroll through the dates along the top or zoom into a country for re­gion-spe­cific reports

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