The Photo Essay: Overview

Students must photograph a minimum of ten images.

Create a photo-essay that tells a story about a person, place or thing.

Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order and should be either narrative or thematic.

Ideas;

  1. A Day In The Life Of… Follow a friend or family member (pets count) throughout the day, from the time they wake-up until they go to sleep at night. Be a fly-on-the-wall, a non-obtrusive observer and you will be amazed at your discoveries.
  2. Fashion: What do your digs say about you and the culture we live in?  How are individuals expressing themselves in our society via clothes, hairstyles and body language.
  3. In My Hood: Explore your neighborhood, photograph what stands out, the objects that people leave behind, the people who live and work nearby, different cultures… all the things that you feel represent the neighborhood.

Examples of photo essays can be found at the links below:
New York Times Photoblog

Magnum Photos

Mother Jones

Time Photos

Life Magazine’s Classic Photos

To see interesting photography in a journal format check out the work of Los Angeles based artist Jonathan Saunders.

Jan Sochor

UNICEF

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