The New York Times Opinion section presents three groundbreaking virtual reality films from the Sundance New Frontier lineup. These videos explore a range of topics and new approaches to nonfiction storytelling.
No matter how enlightened any one of us may be, we are fundamentally limited to our own points of view — but it is human nature to try to broaden our perspective. For me, that’s where V.R. comes in. I have found that the medium has an extraordinary capacity to convey the kinds of feelings of presence and place I’ve always aspired to capture through photojournalism.
As a young photographer, I was transfixed by the iconic wartime images of great photographers like Robert Capa and James Nachtwey. Their vision of the world far transcended my own. Hoping to emulate their effect, I trained myself to follow in their footsteps, covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a freelance photojournalist for The New York Times and Newsweek.