For all our handwringing about its demise, print, especially in the form the double-page spread in newspapers or magazines, still provides an unequaled platform in terms of size, portability and information density.
How to describe the impact of cluster bombs, small unexploded anti-personnel devices, that litter parts of southern Lebanon long after Israel’s attempt to quell Hezbollah in 2006. The luxury of of a double page spread allowed me to juxtapose Mohammed Abd-Al-Al, a shepherd boy who lost a leg stepping on a cluster bomb, with actual-size photographs of the bombs used in that conflict.
In dry season of rural Mozambique watering holes like this one dry up. In seemed right to illustrate an article about building sand dams, an ecological way of storing water in the rainy season, with a photograph of women from Tchinda village filling their yellow plastic containers.
This amazing photograph of Deborah Awut, a nurse for a health care unit in Adirdir, Sudan had to be run two-thirds life-size to get anything like the impact of the original image.
Zacarias Edaso measuring Shantam Kadros arm at a food distribution centre in Boricha, Ethiopia seemed a good way to bring home the ongoing challenges of drought, food shortage and soil erosion in that country outlined in the accompanying article.
Rana a 12 th grade student in Kolkata, descends a stair. Her progression acting as a metaphor for the beginning of the article about supporting education in India.
The larger scale of a double page spread enables the cacophony of a marketplace, the chaos of collapsed buildings and individuality of tragedy in post-earthquake Haiti to visually interact rather than be treated as a sequence of images.
One image life size and another as small inset allows for two stories about peace and reconciliation to occupy the same editorial space.
Mennonite Central Committee’s Annual Report 2009 opened to 22 in x 34 in (86.36 cm x 55.88 cm). This provided amble room for a map with information on personnel, resources and expenses for each of the sixty countries Mennonite Central Committee works, and still left room for short reports along the edge.
The term ”double truck“ comes from the time of lead type when the two page spread of a newspaper would be moved around the composing room on a cart or ”truck.”