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Image as Metaphor

Do metaphors inherently deepen a story? Can using metaphors be more effective than revealing direct facts and information about a subject?

Do metaphors inherently deepen a story? Can using metaphors be more effective than revealing direct facts and information about a subject?

These and other questions about the use of metaphor in storytelling are at the heart of this panel. Moderator Nubar Alexanian, a photographer whose primary stock in trade is the image as metaphor, talks with Sharon Ball, Sherre DeLys and Sandy Tolan - three accomplished radio professionals who, with sound and word pictures, form metaphors of their own.


Featuring

Nubar Alexanian

Nubar Alexanian is a documentary photographer whose work has been regularly featured in major magazines in the United States and Europe.

Sandy Tolan

Sandy Tolan is the author of two books: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later and The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East.

Sharon Ball

Sharon Ball is an independent editor and consultant, specializing in public radio. She is the former senior cultural editor of NPR News. During her 15 years with NPR, Ball worked on documentary programs, series and personal essays, produced and anchored newscasts and filled in as host of weekend news magazines. She has received many awards for her work, including two Gabriel Awards. Ball also sings professionally, and served on the White House staff during the Carter Administration.

Sherre DeLys

Sherre DeLys' work has included sound sculpture and installation, improvised vocal music, sound designs for theater and film, radio art and documentaries.