The Personal Narrative
You will explore the photo essay as a way to reveal the nature of a person (or people) in context, over time. A compelling picture story sets the scene, introduces the characters, evokes a mood, and shows the conflict and all of its bittersweet consequences. You are encouraged to think about story ideas that relate to your own personal experience before class. Through slide presentations and critiques we will discuss techniques for lifestyle, photojournalism, fashion and traditional portraiture. Key topics will include approaching people, collaborating with them, and encouraging them to feel at ease. Most importantly, we will cover techniques for editing, sequencing and presentation.
Amy Arbus has published five books. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world. She teaches portraiture at MMW and FAWC. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had thirty-nine solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of private collections and museums worldwide.