The Photo Essay

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For the Digital Photojournalism class at Sherdian College, Trafalgar Campus, Winter 2010

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The Photo Essay

  1. 1. The Photo Essay Telling Stories With Pictures Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  2. 2. Types • Time Sequence • Location Based • Ideas/Conceptual • Event Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  3. 3. Types • Time Sequence • Something where there is a clearly delineated timeline for the story. Cliff Diving, Bird Nest Hunters, Fire Fighting etc. • Shot in a linear fashion (Life) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  4. 4. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  5. 5. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  6. 6. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  7. 7. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  8. 8. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  9. 9. Maude Callen • W. Eugene Smith Life “Nurse Midwife” Dec 3, 1951 Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  10. 10. Types • Location • Allows for non-linear story telling • National Geographic type of story, at the Grand Canyon, India, The State Fair Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  11. 11. Ed Kashi (Editor) India’s Highways • LINK Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  12. 12. Types • Idea/Concept/Theme • Diverse set of images that are used to illustrate a complex idea, ex. Identity or there is a tool employed to explore a theme that allows us to compare/contrast ex. Breast Cancer Pink • Time Agnostic Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  13. 13. Menzel • Hungry Planet Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  14. 14. Material World Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  15. 15. Material World Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  16. 16. Material World Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  17. 17. Material World Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  18. 18. Material World Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  19. 19. Types • Event • News - War, Famine, Health etc... • The most wide ranging, includes all previous types of essays • Can also be about little things as well Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  20. 20. Tejanos Music FL • Anything by Salgado Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  21. 21. Tejanos Music FL • Anything by Salgado Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  22. 22. Find Your Topic • What interests you, what is something that you would like to discover or learn about? • What would you be comfortable spending a lot of time on? • What can you draw from in your past experiences? • Is there just someone who is ? Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  23. 23. Research • Learn, learn, and get more learned • Talk to those who you are going to cover • Find all resources available to you • Call everyone, 3 times Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  24. 24. The Real Story • After research, your questions should help you develop your angle • What will your approach be? Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  25. 25. Emotion • Anger, Fear, Sadness, Joy • Use empathy as a tool to tell your story • Not manipulate but draw out the emotions that will best tell the story Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  26. 26. Plan • Make a “Shot List” • Each shot (10) should be a sentence in a story that will be used to convey a concept or emotion • “How would I say this?” Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  27. 27. The “Life” Photo Essay • Introduction/Establishing Shot • Medium (The Who or What?) • Close Up (Details) • Portrait • Interaction • Signature (Key Elements, Decisive Moment) • Sequence (The How or an Event) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  28. 28. The Narrative • All Stories have ... • Complications/Conflict and Resolutions Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  29. 29. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all stories Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  30. 30. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all stories Stasis Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  31. 31. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all stories Stasis Trigger Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  32. 32. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all stories Stasis The Quest Trigger Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  33. 33. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all Surprise stories Stasis The Quest Trigger Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  34. 34. Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all Surprise stories Stasis The Quest Trigger Critical Choice Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  35. 35. Climax Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all Surprise stories Stasis The Quest Trigger Critical Choice Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  36. 36. Climax Story Arcs • Standard 8 elements in almost all Surprise stories Stasis The Quest Trigger lasreveR or Critical Choice Consequence Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  37. 37. Climax Story Arcs Conclusion • Standard 8 elements in almost all Surprise stories Stasis The Quest Trigger lasreveR or Critical Choice Consequence Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  38. 38. The Narrative • It helps people understand a story in an emotional way, the “what’s next” is the hook, keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats... The plot, the resolution to the problem can help the viewer to care and in some cases, motivate to action! Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  39. 39. W EUGENE SMITH • “What use is having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?” Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  40. 40. Smith’s Photo Essay • Like a play • 3 Acts Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  41. 41. Act One • Brought in for a difficult birth (complication) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  42. 42. Act One • Healthy Baby = Resolution Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  43. 43. Act Two • Summer Camp requires two dresses and pajamas (complication) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  44. 44. Act Two • Maude provides the clothes needed (resolution) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  45. 45. Act Three • Maude brings dying child to the doctor (complication) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  46. 46. Act Three • Maude teaches the next generation of midwives (resolution for whole story) Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  47. 47. The Personal Narrative • LINK Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  48. 48. The Personal Narrative • LINK Wednesday, March 3, 2010
  49. 49. Extras • Photo Essay Mag UnFrame • NYT’s One in 8 Million • NPPA • NPR’s Picture Show • MediaStorm • Salgado Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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