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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.
(MUSIC). >> Hi.
>> Hi. >> Kevin? >> Yeah. >> Hi. Paul Taggart. (MUSIC) Photography for me is just an excuse to get access to moments in history and people's lives and to be able to tell those stories. (MUSIC) And usually it's only for 24, 48 hours But when you get access to somebody's life, their space, their homes for 48 hours, it's the most amazing experience ever and it's such a privilege and an honor. (MUSIC) A lot of photographers will come in they think they have to be sort of a fly on the wall and disappear.
but for me that's not the experience. It's about actually interacting with that subject matter and being part of the pictures that you're making, and so you know its a relationship between you and your subject. And you know its not just your photographs of them its to me its really a collaborative process between you and the people in front of your camera. (MUSIC) Cool that was great. >> Well what's next? >> >> There's a couple, let me go over the shots that I want to get with you. >> Okay.
>> And then we can kind of figure out when we can get 'em. I want to. >> One of the most rewarding things I've ever done in photography is doing photo stories. Especially when they're one on one with your subject. But, you know? Taking just 48 hours, and completely immersing yourself in somebody else's life. And, you know, seeing how other people live and think and what their passions are. Take your, you know, get out of your own world for a little bit and experience someone else's. (MUSIC) (MUSIC)
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