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If a single picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the value of a well planned and executed photo essay. This workshop explores the creation and sequencing of images in the tradition of the great photo essayists from W. Gene Smith and Gordon Parks to Mary Ellen Mark and Sebastiao Salgado.
Designed for professionals and nonprofessionals alike, this course gives participants an in-depth look at both the creative methods and practical aspects for creating engaging photo essays. Students will develop skills to produce extended photographic narratives, exploring the process of producing sets of imagery that conveys a story or idea having little written narrative support. Photographs will be analyzed not only for their stand-alone creative content but also for their ability to introduce dynamic sequential transitions and conclude a picture story with maximum visual effect. Course topics will include defining a point of view, key images in a photo essay, learning how to edit one’s own work, photographic ethics and creative and technical support. Marketing photo essays, printing images for exhibition and book publishing will also be discussed.
Those seeking to become advanced documentary image makers will emerge from this inspiring session with a clearer picture of the skills and concepts necessary to produce a successful long-term project.
Mark Edward Harris