Visual Story Telling: Photo Essays

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What’s it all about?

A photo-essay is a powerful form of visual storytelling that engages the audience at a very personal level. It is a group of photographs, usually with supplementary text, that conveys a unified story to educate and persuade an audience to react.

We are intrinsically visual as human beings, and the presentation of images with context and an air of poignancy creates gravity around imagery that is more powerful than any other medium.

Come and learn how to make your own photo essay!

What will we cover?

  • The history of the photo-essay with examples of exceptionally eloquent essays.
  • Finding a topic and researching.
  • Discerning the heart of a story.
  • Pacing.
  • Dynamic story telling through visual, theatrical and technical literacy.
  • Practicalities of scheduling, photographing and gaining access.
  • The relationship between text and image.

Who will be teaching?

Eric Jong is a photojournalist, endeavouring to provide empathetic photographic coverage of humanitarian and aid projects on both a local and international scale. Through compassionate observation and involved access, he produces comprehensive images to inform and advocate.