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A photo essay is a series of photographs that tell a story about a person, place, event, or trend. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart takes us on assignment as he photographs Kevin Carman, an artist in Ventura, California.
Paul, whose work has appeared in publications such the New York Times and National Geographic, shares insights into how he prepares for an assignment, how he engages his subject, and how he takes advantage of unpredictable and unforeseen situations. The course concludes with a look at how the final essay might be sequenced and distributed.
>> (SOUND) Come on, come on, come! There we go. Come on! Oh my God. (INAUDIBLE) >>The thobala games here at Art City happen every day at 4:00, and it might just be a game, but for these guys, they take it really, really seriously. Kevin gets really into it. There's lots of groaning and grunting and excitement about who's winning in the tournament.
And these games actually sort of go on, these tournaments for days. >> I don't think it's protecting anything. So it's coming the other way, put it up when you get there. >> It's really interesting. And they actually make, and carve, and smooth the stones themselves. And, but for me, and for the photo essay, it's almost just more of a distraction. What it was, was a great moment, and a great tool to get Kevin interacting with his friends and his buddies. (SOUND) You know, once you're in somebody's space, you gotta respect their schedule and their time, but at the same time we have a job to do, and kind of keep ourselves on schedule too.
So it's a little bit of a game back and forth, and it's definitely a relationship between you and your subject you gotta respect. (NOISE) So, we've got a couple good pictures to play with, and we've got a little bit of motion, which I'm always looking for.
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