UCF - Daytona State College: Narrative Editorial Photography - PGY 3651C

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Witness In Or Time
A book that journeys through the historical lives of Photojournalists.
Get their side of the story and why they photographed.

This class: Is an exploration into the use of the photographic image in
narrative / documentary form.
Story ideas, research and visual execution are addressed.
Students will create text as a companion to their photo essays.

Narrative: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.
Editorial: the commissioning or preparing of material for publication.

Book for inspiration

  The Photograph as Contemporary Art
Nearly two centuries after photographic technology was first invented, the art world has fully embraced it as a legitimate medium, equal in status to painting and sculpture. This book provides an introduction to contemporary art-photography, identifying its most important features and themes. Showcasing Genzken, Jeff Wall, Sophie Calle, Thomas Demand, Nan Goldin, and Sherrie Levine to emerging talents such Walead Beshty, Jason Evans, Lucas Blalock, Sara VanDerBeek, and Viviane Sassen.

Projects: download
1. Project #1: Altered Landscape - Due February 10 150 points
2 Project #2: Photojournalist in-class Presentation 100 points
3. Project #3: Narrative Editorial Concept - your choice - ideas Due Januauray 20 450 points
4. Project #4: Research Paper - Due March 24 100 points
5. Class Participation 100 points
6. Readings/exhibitions/quizzes/critique paper 100 points

List of Art concepts to keep in mind while making your images: Download art list

Project #1: Altered Landscape (15% of grade)

  1. This is up to you to interpret what altered landscape means
    • You are free to Alter the landscape yourself or don't
  2. 2 things to incorporate into the the photos:
    • Concept: intention, what does it mean? What are you trying to convey?
    • Art: design, layout, color
  3. 15 -25 photos
  4. 250 words Essay on your concept
  5. Critiques will be held every other week to see your progress
  6. Artist statement (paragraph)

Here are some ideas:  Download PDF

February 10: The project is due and must be printed in a finished form for critique.

As a group we will choose one of the prints for inclusion in a group portfolio to hang in a display case. You will need to print and matt this image at 16”x24” by February 17th. Submit a CD / DVD to the instructor of all the finished images at mid-term. No low-resolution image please.  


Caroline Arcangeli
I was finding relations between the Florida and New York landscapes that I never thought of before seeing the images put together and had essentially created a dream like composite of the two places I consider to be my home.

Janay Bookhart
"Left Behind" is a series showing business in North Brevard County the have foreclosed and moved because of the space program ending in 2011. This series is expressing how I feel and how I view my hometown.

Arrianna Bennett
The upside down, overly saturated image serves to represent the potential alternate reality I could exist in; or imagine I exist in. Contrastingly, the original image is dull and desaturated- representing the banality of the world I come to know so well as I spend more and more time on this Earth.
Andrew Gilbert
This series is my attempt at shining a mirror back at ourselves so we can see the ugly truth about the conditions we choose to live in. We have another chance at restoring the system but we all have to find the appreciation for nature before it can happen.  
Danielle Hunter
With the rise in technology it is harder to see the natural world for what it actually entails. It is hard to get away from the polluted light and see nothing but dark skies and stars. The manmade effect on the land changes how we see things, appealing to the eye or not.
Elijah Larrabee
Taking the parts of certain landscapes and then isolating them into plastic bags before building them back into a landscape again, although isolated. This is a representation of how I see our minds working when we are asked to describe an area.
Miranda Price
I choose to compose the photo series in way that would let me show how I except to let things in and out of my life. I have an energy that is not quiet but overwhelmed by information. I must choose the path of least resistants so I can move forward through all the thoughts, fears, and keep up with my own energy; which means filtering out that which does not make me happy or help me grow.
Anna Thorne
"Tree of Unity" This project was done to be both an example and reminder of reflective unity and the important role it plays throughout all things. This tree is not about bringing light onto one topic in particular, but rather addressing the nature of unity on a universal scale.
Quinn Wilson
Not everything is what it seems to be. Although soft and vibrant colors draw attention to a scene, it’s the reality underneath that makes you want to stay for a while, because without the black and white reality our fantasy land would be quite shallow.

Critique Paper (10% of grade)

Southeast Museum of Photography
Exhibition: http://www.smponline.org
Lecture and Closing Reception: Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Open until Saturday, February 4, 2017


SNAP! Orlando: Posing Beauty in African American Culture
Exhibition: http://snaporlando.com
Opening ceremony: Friday, January 13
open until Friday, Feb 10

  1. Write a 500 word paper on the exhibition
  2. interpret what narrative editorial photography means in these photos
  3. 3 things to incorporate into the essay:
    • Concept: intention, what does it mean? What is the artist trying to convey?
    • Narrative?
    • Art: design, layout, color, B/W

Project #2: In-Class Presentation of a Photojournalist (10% of grade)

  1. You are expected to research, outside of class, the chosen photographer from the book Witness In Or Time.
  2. Attempt to understand the photogrpher as thoroughly as possible.
  3. You will present to the class the interesting information you’ve discovered about their work and life.
  4. gather & show many photos for a powerpoint presentation for the class to better understand
  5. present for 10 min
  6. answer questions

Project #3: Narrative Concept - your choice (45% of grade)

Due: January 20: Bring subject ideas to class for discussion. (5points)

Due: January 27: Finalize and submit a proposal, outlining your idea for the narrative project to the instructor. (10points)

Due: April 22:

There’s a special recipe to be a “real” photojournalist, and it’s not just the “trained” or “expert” eye but rather the sheer hours put into each assignment and the ability to sustain a thought, image, or impulse through a number of images, not just a single snapshot. 

  1. Critiques will be held every other week to see your progress
  2. This is up to you to research
  3. 2 things to incorporate into the the photos:
    • Concept: intention, what does it mean? What are you trying to convey?
    • Art: design, layout, color
  4. 15 - 25 photos
  5. 500 words Essay on your concept
  6. Artist statement (paragraph)

You are expected to keep notes for your project, (meetings, conversations, impressions, names of subjects, contact information etc.) This will help you when composing your essay, and research paper.

Critiques will be scheduled throughout the semester. Be prepared to present work every other week (you will be in group A or B). You will be working on the final project throughout the semester and will present new work every other week on that project (not on project 1 or 2). Work prints are ok for the critiques. Digital files presented on the projector are acceptable for critiques as well.


Caroline Arcangeli
My oldest sister Gab passed away suddenly and I have been having a hard time finding a way to cope with her passing and with everything in general that was happening around me. I felt guilty anytime I would feel happy or laugh, it was not fair to me that I could be laughing at some stupid internet video when Gab was not here to laugh at it. It was the littlest things like those internet videos that were hitting me the hardest. When I started this semester, I did not want to do any work relating to her passing, but when we were presented with this assignment I thought it would be a good chance to force myself to accept the things I was thinking and accept that it was ok for me to be happy and it is equally ok for me to be upset, and hopefully learn to live my new normal. I have not yet learned to accept my new normal, I do not think I ever will, but maybe that is part of it? Maybe I am not supposed to accept it, but, learn to live with it.
Arrianna Bennett
I realized that the visually impaired and disabled should not be looked down upon or pitied, as society often does to people with disabilities; they don’t live a life any worse than ours- only different. This project forced me to learn so much about a subject I know nothing about, and completely changed my view on disabled people’s role in society. I can only hope that revealing these images to the public draws much needed attention to The Conklin Center.

Janay Bookhart
Editorial and documentary photography is what I truly enjoy.  I get to express how I feel about social issues and what’s close to my heart. This type of photography brings awareness of what’s going on around the world.  I hope to make a difference in the world and bring attention to issues we face today.

Andrew Gilbert
We should all look to whom and how we choose to spend our time with and find out what makes you happy. I hope that those who look through my body of work will consider what it would be like to live an outdoor lifestyle. Maybe next time you feel depressed, or lost you might pick up a fly rod and find a fishing buddy, it might just change your life.
Danielle Hunter
The real world can be a harsh place. Not everyone wants the whole world to know all of his or her personal information, beliefs, story or personality. Remaining faceless, or being masked, can help some people feel safer and more confident. You can walk by so many people everyday, you will never know their story and you may never see them again.
Elijah Larrabee
Identity politics have sent the United States backwards in terms of acceptance for people of other cultures, races, and sexuality. I realize just how much people agreed with my views through this series on turning a person into a label. I learned the labeling of people might very well be something unconscious that we do and does not usually have malicious intent. Originally, I believed that people labeled others intentionally, but now I’m not sure if that’s true. I had looked at the issue where people were intentionally labeled or not labeled at all, but I am now in a sort of grey area where I realize that it may happen intentionally, but not always. The final goal of the project is to make people aware of this unconscious labeling along with showing the harmful effects of it. I wish that everyone could remove the labels they put on others and begin to understand where other beliefs and ideologies come from.

Miranda Price
I had intended to do a series that showed a documentary style depiction of my preteen daughter and the ups and downs of everyday life and her transition from a girl to a teenager. I wanted candid shots of her doing her thing but she wasn't having it. Over many shoots we narrowed it down to in studio with her friends taking photos of her to get what I was looking for. During the editing process she discovered photos that she absolutely loved she then started making up sayings and feelings to go with them. I'm thankful she allows me to see different parts of who she is. I learned a bit about her, her habits and her facial expressions around her friends and how much different she is around them. I got what I was looking for, even though it was in a way I could never have thought of, if it weren't for the process.

Anna Thorne
Due to this realization of cosmic union, I learned all of the suffering I had been through was a necessary stepping-stone on the path heading towards that pure reflection of peace and understanding. This project is to serve as a reminder to ‘others’ and my Self that what has and will be experienced leads closer to the mirror of perfect unity; a reminder that all that is happening is an unfolding process towards Self-freedom.
Quinn Wilson
I wanted to capture portraits and action shots of people within the LGBT community whilst projecting a positive image of us. It’s one thing to go to a drag show and take shots of the glamor, but it’s another to get to know individuals within the community and be more intimate with one another. Going to a parade or show is easy, but it only shows a very small portion of the LGBT community. Not all of us shine on the stage. Some of us simply want to be and that’s okay as well. It was my goal to show a wide variety of the LGBT community whilst showing us in a positive light.

Project #4: Research Paper (10% of grade)

Due: March 24

Different than the essay you write for your concept of your final project.

You will develop a 750 word paper around issues and themes that are relevant to your photo documentary project #3. Writing a paper such as this will help in your career if you are thinking of being an artist. You can use parts of the paper when talking with viewers of your work so you sound informed and intelligent about your work. Also if you are submitting photographs to a gallery.

  1. The paper should stand on it’s own in telling a part of the story you are documenting in Project 3.
  2. For instance if you are photographing homeless people you might describe the economic, geographic trends which are influencing the homeless population.
  3. If the photographs document just one family you might consider doing a question answer essay.
  4. acknowledge in your paper the photographers that you study in this class. Reference readings and your knowledge of the history of documentary photography.
  5. 750-1000 word paper (mla, apa)
  6. Use Microsoft Word on a PC computer for formatting purposes (Unfortunately Mac does not have these options)

In-Class Participation (10% of grade)

  1. Your personal contribution to class is taken into consideration and you will be assigned a participation grade (using the 100-pt scale) at the end of the semester. 
  2. Please note that this grade is cumulative and can vary from 0-100 (50 being an average grade) don’t expect 80-90 points unless you are participating in a majority of classes.
  3. Factors taken into consideration:
    • Regular attendance.
    • Being on time.
    • Staying for the full class.
    • Completion of assignments on time.
    • Willingness to participate in class discussions, with ideas & opinions that will promote discussion.
    • The text and a variety of articles provided to you during the semester will be assessed by a small amount of on-line written reflection or in-class prompts. It’s important that you read the material before coming to class so that you may adequately participate in class activities.
    • Level and quality of in-class assignments and prompts.

Note: Modification of the assignments and schedule is sometimes warranted. The instructor reserves the right to change work requirements and schedule as necessary. It is the student’s responsibility to make note of these changes. Any changes will be discussed in-class. If you are absent you are liable for this information from a colleauge in class.

Flickering Out article, the hardships of talking about your work. The hardships of hiring photographers. Is it about making good photo/stories or about making money? But.. we tend to remember still images, not moving ones... http://www.antoninkratochvil.com/

Inspirational Landscape fine art photographers

Inspirational documentarian photographs

Inspirational documentarian fine art photographers

Top 10 Modern Photojournalists and Documentary Photographers 


Insirational video documentary

Top Photographer with Nigel Barker (who is Nigel barker? http://www.nigelbarker.tv)


SPE Conference - Society for Photographic Education
Orlando Hilton
March 9-12 (Spring Break)
Register before Jan 2
website: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/2017-spe-national-conference/overview/announcements
Volunteer: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/2017-spe-national-conference/volunteers

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