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WSP 309 — Visual Storytelling: Creating a Photographic Narrative

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Fri-Sat
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 3 days
Date(s): Apr 26—Apr 28
Drop Deadline: Apr 26
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Deanne Fitzmaurice
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Friday, April 26, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Apr 26—Apr 28
3 days
Drop By
Apr 26
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Deanne Fitzmaurice
Please Note: Full schedule: Friday, April 26, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and April 28, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Like writers, photographers use all of 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 three-day 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. On Friday, students will learn the skills 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. On day two, we will venture out to several locations to practice the techniques learned in class as we each photograph our individual stories. Students may research a cultural or human interest story in the local community before the Saturday afternoon shoot. During group critiques on day three, we’ll 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 narrative.

Students should have access to a digital camera and a basic working knowledge of and proficiency with it. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Photographer

Deanne Fitzmaurice is known for her ability to go behind the scenes to convey intimate stories through images. She is a contributor to National Geographic, and her clients include Apple and Facebook. She received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Her work can be viewed at deannefitzmaurice.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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