Faculty Research Profile: Thorne Anderson, M.A. | Mayborn School of Journalism

Faculty Research Profile: Thorne Anderson, M.A.


Photo Essay Publication from Afghanistan

Anderson's photo essay from Afghanistan will be featured in the next issue of Visual Communication Quarterly, the peer-reviewed official journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Visual Communication Division. Anderson says, "As the United States withdrew from two decades of military involvement in Afghanistan, I was drawn to reflect on my time covering the war and American efforts to grasp and transform Afghan society. The style of this photo essay is a departure from my typical work for newspapers and magazines. I shot the entire series from the back seat of a car as I moved around the country from one news assignment to the next. The car was my liminal space. I set my camera to slow shutter speeds, 1/30 or 1/60 of a second, far too slow to get sharp images of moving subjects from a steady camera in a moving car. To achieve any focus at all I had to put my camera in motion as well, following my subjects as faithfully as possible for the duration of the open shutter. The result is a series of anonymous portraits of Afghan people navigating daily life amid a background in swirling motion."


Documentary Film Premier: Beyond Conviction

Anderson's half-hour documentary film, Beyond Conviction, produced on commission for Independent Television Service (ITVS) for the Independent Lens series, will premiere in broadcast on public television on October 19, 2021. The film is a work of solutions journalism, which traces the innovative work of a rural Texas DA to address the endemic problems of family violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ITVS, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, supports documentary film production for distribution through PBS and American Public Media.

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