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.

Books 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.

  The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
The best way to learn is by doing. The Photographer's Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories and anecdotes from many of the world's most talented photographers and photography professionals. Inside you will find advice for better shooting and editing.

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.  

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.

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

The Best Art Residencies for Photographers: https://www.format.com/...

Enlarge Photos with Perfect Resize
Fractal Interpolation software that matches the properties of its nearest pixel. I found it looks like sort of a trianlge pattern when inspected close up.
- http://www.wpbeginner.com/...