A lesson from the storm was also about the use of consumer technology for photojournalism, a moment that has us reconsider the role of cellphone photographer.
And it supplied its own metaphor.
It was photojournalist Benjamin Lowy image of Hurricane Sandy that was featured on the cover of Time magazine, making it the first image from a phone equipped with a camera to be shown on the cover of a major publication.
That became a major benchmark in photojournalism and is the topic of "iPhonography: Innovation in Documentary Storytelling" with Lowy at the Annenberg Space for Photography on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Then 33, Lowy was one of five photographers dispatched by Time to capture the storm with an iPhone and Instagram as an experiment, said Kira Pollack, Time’s director of photography, soon after the cover was published.
Early cellphone photography documented trivia moments, barely qualifying as aural-textual-visual. The cover move cell phone photography from being a consumer gadget to a storytelling device. Lowy is one of the professionals who have used the technology seriously, especially when the urgency of incoming waves are part of the story.