course schedule

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Monday May 8                      What is a photo essay?

Introductions/ Sequence & Series/ WordPress Lab

Exploring the interplay of text & image: creating titles & captions for single photographs


Monday May 15                    Exploring Photo Essays

Reading: Some Detroit Photo Essays

Ways of Seeing: The Contemporary Photo Essay (2015)

Exercise # 1: choose a photo essay to show class and create a page including a link to the photo essay

Discussion: photo essays of your own choosing;

considering structure

Due: Photo Post – post three images that interest you; include titles and captions for each photograph

Due: bring 10 of your own printed photos that interest you


Monday May 22                    Portrait Photo Essays + Picture Essays

Reading: on class site –> HONY +

Lauren Greenfield  Female Firefighters    & UT Football

+ Chris Thomond & Patrick Barkham

“The old oak: a year in the life of a tree”

+ Teri Pengilley & Matt Fidler

“A Day in the Life of a Crufts Dog”

Discussion: considering audience

Due: “Seeing” Daily Photo Posts: post photos of people, nature, A2, animals, the Huron River, street art—at least one photo each day (no limits!) –what do you see?


Monday May 29 – Memorial Day


Monday June 5                      The Arc of Photo Essays

Reading: TBA on class site

Exercise #2 – POM or Huron River photo essay

Small group pitch meetings – final project ideas

*bring 10 printed photos with you & your typed one-page idea pitch


Monday June 12                   Final Projects Workshop

Due: Full Draft of Your Photo Essay Project


Monday June 19                   Due: Final Project with Reflective Essay & your Photo Blog

Optional: Photo Essay Celebration: Art & Pizza

6-8pm showcase of your final projects