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Activity #3

By Sarah Platanitis


Activity #3 - Student Photo Essay Assignment - We will look at the following websites in class. Keep this paper to consult out of class.

  • http://www.accd.edu/sac/j-p/facultypages/Lo/UJW09/element_o_j.html - Describes the elements of photojournalism, especially story telling, visual impact, how to be concise, factual, objective, and timely with your images.
  • http://campusconnection.blogspot.com/2006/04/photojournalism-1-introduction.html - A great website with 40 tutorials on everything you need to know about the basics of photojournalism.
  • http://www.401projects.com/index.php?mode=gallery§ion;_id=155 - An example of an online photo essay by James Nachtwey with biographical information, best photos from his archive of work, and essential information about the photographer.

Directions for Student Photo Essay: Nachtwey photographs war, conflict, and critical social issues. As students, we cannot readily go to the front lines but we can explore our communities for the critical social issues. Think about your community and what you would like to document from it. Go forth and shoot!

  • Take enough photographs (30 images minimum). Keep in mind what you have learned from class and the websites that we have reviewed about photojournalistic style.
  • Pick your ten best photos and decide how to best create paragraphs with the essential information (the 5 W’s) about the images.
  • Write an introduction about yourself as a photographer and explain why you chose the theme for your photo essay.
  • Prepare your presentation for the class. Think of what you are going to say. Plan to explain your photos and field questions.
  • Dress as if you were presenting to a photographic organization for a potential job. You must use technology to make your photo essay.