Culture
8:48 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Tampa Bay Times Photographer Discusses Dozier School for Boys Project

A picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, there's still something left to be said.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Tampa Bay Times photographer Edmund D. Fountain will discuss his work on the newspaper's much-lauded series For Their Own Good, about child abuse at the Dozier School for Boys in North Florida. The talk will take place at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, at 400 N Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. It's free and open to the public.

Fountain will discuss Dozier project "not in terms of journalism but in terms of a creative, artistic perspective," he said. He and writers Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore have been documenting the investigation for four years and counting.

"Most newspaper photographers are lucky if they get six months to work on a story," Fountain said. "Four years is sort of unheard of."

Dedicating so much time to the story allowed Fountain to follow its twists and turns.

"A lot of the [photos] I'm going to show didn't seem to have a lot of importance in 2005 or 2008 when we started doing this, but now they make sense," he said.