a set or series of photographs that are intended
to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in
takes the same story telling techniques as a
normal essay, translated into visual images
shows a more complete story than is possible
with one image
range from purely photographic to
photographs with captions, small
notes or full text essays
often address a certain issue or attempt to capture
the character of places and events
Types of photo essays to consider:
• showing a sequence of photos to chronicle an event
• often like looking at a series of still images from a movie
• examples include linear events such as cliff diving, fire
fighting, a bird hatching, life from birth to death, etc.
• seek to capture the feel of a location through
glimpses of people and places within a set location
• can be compact such as a school or garden, or vast
such as a country
• images have a common thread of one theme or idea
• topics such as hope, love, or work or themes such as
close-ups, abstracts, or food
• cover a specific happening,
such as a building fire or a
• should show the major
parts critical to the event
In Your Sketchbook:
Brainstorm your own list of themes and subjects you
could photograph to tell a story with only pictures.
Consider – emotion, humor, story, subject matter, style,
etc. INCLUDE 5 DIFFERENT IDEAS!
Choose your best idea, then plan your essay by
generating a detailed list of photos you would need to
take in order to capture the essence of your story.
INCLUDE AT LEAST 20 DIFFERENT PHOTOS YOU COULD
Plan a potential arrangement of the photos into one
composition…your plan may change after you take your
photos, but it’s good to consider first.
Shoot a series of new pictures (40 image contact sheet
minimum) specifically for this assignment that focus on
telling your chosen story.
Meet with Mrs. Duckworth after you have made a
contact sheet to explain direction of story, which
images you will use, and how you will arrange them to
create your final photographic essay.
Create your own final Photo Essay by compiling your
photographs using Photoshop. Your final project must
have a minimum of 5 photos.
Sketchbooks: 20 points (10% of final exam grade)
Thursday, June 5th
Contact Sheet*: 40 points (40% of final exam grade)
Monday, June 9th
* Each of you will sit with me for 5 minutes to share your contact sheet and
discuss direction for your final piece.
Final Photo Essay**: 100 points (50% of final exam grade)
Friday, June 13th
** We will have a critique during the last 30 minutes of the last class. Be
prepared to submit your final piece prior to that time.
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. WORK NOT TURNED IN BY
DUE DATE WILL BE CALCULATED AS A ZERO GRADE.