notes from lessons


Editorial photography overview, history and context

  • Editorial is a story/narrative
  • Look at what editorial is for project
  • How do we tell the story what view point do we take?
  • Editorial history-photography became a way of surveying the unknown
  • Camera illustrated the journalistic accounts of society
  • Golden age of photojournalism 1920-1980
  • Magnum photos
  • W.Eugene Smith- first photojournalist- was his images ethical?-were they fake?
  • photographers were expected to report objectively-however they found themselves taking sides + changing sides because of what they have seen
  • Lynsey Addorio
  • Look at podcast- find on Moodle




John Spinks

  • first inspiration from magazines – caught his attention – 1987 he was 17
  • Matt Mchvwan – stark – minimal – unusual images
  • photo poche – entry point into history of photographers work
  • inspiration behind his work – taking ideas from other photographer – on original ideas – but bring own style to the work
  • Lee freelander – contracted well – familiar now – seeing villages obscured by branches
  • To begin with he stayed within rules within photography – but then stated breaking the rules – the began to dissolve
  • John practice a lot to become a good photographer
  • paul Graham – documentary photographer one of the first documentary images in colour
  • slow down when looking at image and take you time
  • started working in studio – slowly got commission for magazines
  • want to find not the normal model wanted to disrupt the normal flow and use teens
  • August sanders – his portraits look like
  • the nee village – by John Spinks
  • Herbert read – the green child – told it would be useful to read – book showed him the way he took images and helped him finish his project (the new village)
  • George sure – painter  – but painting look like photographers
  • different people have different views on the worlds – even if they are right next to each other
  • the book – new village took 15 years to make




The photographic Narrative

  • finding stores to tell- consideration to the audience – narrative interest – topical trends
  • good  photo essay – to do with people – human dilemmas – human challenges – human suffering
  • photo essay topics
  • well known
  • the little known but interesting
  • little known but topical trend – representative photographers
  • HSU – photo
  • Mary Calvert – photos
  • Kari Rene Hall
  • visual consistency
  • style/tone
  • feeling the image brings
  • consistent techniques
  • repetition of some person – key to the images
  • repetition – objects/places
  • the narrative
  • environment starts in state of equilibrium
  • photo essay structure
  • establishing shot
  • medium shot
  • detail shot
  • portrait shot
  • moment shot
  • closer shots




  • What is a narrative- an account of connected events- the events which can be narrated.
  • What are your images trying to say what view point are you coming from
  • Before shooting you need to know the story behind it
  • Narrative- Beginning- Middle- End
  • Narrative has to have at least be about
  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Climax
  • Resolution + Contain
  • Time
  • Spatiality
  • Dramaturgy
  • Causality
  • Personification
  • Editing is key for editorial- Needs to look at all of the images together not just one
  • What story do you want to tell
  • What is the issue?
  • What will be the event/moment?
  • if needed, who are the characters?
  • What is the context?
  • it is very important to do research not everything that drives photography is visual
  • What are the six shots i.e:
  • Establishing shot
  • the medium shot
  • Detail shot
  • Portrait shot
  • moment shot
  • close shot
  • Different shots can create a hole new narrative
  • The Guardian- Look at photo essays
  • The observer-look at photo essay
  • Omurdo Macleod- Highland spirt- photo essay on the Guardian