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WSP 309 — Storytelling: Developing an Engaging Photographic Narrative

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Fri-Sun
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 3 sessions
Date(s): May 19—May 21
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: May 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Deanne Fitzmaurice
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class schedule: Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and May 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
On-campus course
See below
May 19—May 21
3 sessions
Drop By
May 12
1 Unit
Deanne Fitzmaurice
Please Note: Class schedule: Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and May 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Like writers, photographers use all their tools—lighting, composition, and serendipity—to help capture the telling moments and raw emotion that contribute to a memorable and impactful story. Using the instructor’s own Pulitzer Prize–winning story as an example, we will discuss how to find a story (or what to do when a story finds you), and how to develop that story into an engaging photographic narrative.

In this workshop, students will learn how to approach people to gain trust and access, in order to capture with their camera what is authentic and how it contributes to the documentary narrative style. Students will learn how to create a visually compelling photographic narrative, whether it’s for a personal project or a story for a magazine, website, corporation, foundation, or nonprofit. Students will have the opportunity to photograph a local event with the instructor to practice the techniques learned in class. Students may also venture into the local community to photograph their own cultural or human interest story. During group critiques, we will edit students’ stories and discuss transitions, sequencing, and visual pacing, all the while keeping an eye on our ultimate goal: creating honest, emotional images that convey a compelling and engaging narrative.

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for a Letter Grade. However, Credit/No Credit is available.

Students will need to provide their own transportation to the local field shoot(s).

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Photographer; Co-Founder, Think Tank Photo

Deanne Fitzmaurice is known for her ability to go behind the scenes to discover and convey intimate and emotional stories through images. She is a contributor to National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN, and her clients include Apple, Nike, Google, and Facebook. She received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.