Here are several photo essays on the city of Detroit that use different approaches to the photo essay.
Note how they are built, what is the structure and design?
Also note the structure within each photo essay itself. What photograph begins the sequence? What photograph ends the photo essay? Why?
An early photo essay published by Time Magazine – these photos by two French photographers Marchand and Meffre came to stand for part of the newly coined term and fascination with “Ruin Porn” in Detroit: Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible Decline
Here is another Time Mag photo essay, this one by Scott Hemmerle called:
For this photo essay, let’s consider the title and the brief intro text of the first slide. What expectations do you have of the images to come? What pattern does he set up within the order of the photos? How effective are the captions? Where do we start? Where end?
Next here is another kind of photo essay – this one by Whitney Shefte and published by the Washington Post
called Rebirth of Detroit?
What are similarities to the previous photo essays; what are the departures? What unifies this piece? Is it effective at conveying a message? How so? What techniques are used?
And finally, an unusual angle of perspective –
Consider first image and last image. How do these create a narrative arc? Look at the opening block of text. This frames the project in what way? Consider the images chosen. How are they placed? How does the ordering create an experience for the viewer?