This course aims to explore photo essay as a technique in photography and also as a very simple collection of images that are placed in a specific order to tell the progression of events, emotions and concepts.
Photo essay technique is frequently used by world class photographers and photojournalists such as George Osodi, James Nachtway, Andrew Esiebo and Adolphus Opara.
In a theatrical world of stories, we often think we have seen it all. Saturated and wearied by local and foreign news agencies reports on daily global events, our perspective of the world tends to be narrow and fearful. This in turn has created a world of stereotypes and clichés because it is easier to understand the world through a simple lens.
Photo essay, however, takes the same story telling techniques as normal essay translated into visual images.
The workshop participants will work both collectively (in separate groups) and individually on their own projects, exploring a range of photo essay techniques. Each participant will choose a topic or story (from their community and from any genre) and develop a body of work. They will be guided by a cohort of faculty during the workshop who will give lectures on how to use photo essay as a brilliant way to bring images, which touch on vital societal issues, to life.
Workshop Date : 04/03 – 29/03/2013
Trainers : Uche Okpa-Iroha