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Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story
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Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story

with Paul Taggart

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Hi I'm Paul Taggart, I'm a photojournalist. It can be fun to kind of look back at these pictures and see what's going on.

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Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story
1h 1m Intermediate Mar 05, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014

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A rewarding photographic project involves shooting an essay that tells the story of a family member in a certain place and time: the brother with an interesting job or hobby, the grandparent with a lifetime of stories and experiences, or the parent you finally got to know as an adult.

For a photographic storyteller, family members are great but challenging subjects, often more challenging than strangers to capture objectively. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart explores the unique challenges of documenting family as he shoots a photo essay about his brother, an amateur astronomer, avid ham radio operator, off-roading enthusiast, and dedicated father in rural Oklahoma.

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Hi I'm Paul Taggart, I'm a photojournalist. But for this course, I'm just another photographer that wants to document his own family. I've flown back here to Oklahoma to take some pictures and do a documentary photo essay of my brother James.

I'm really excited to do this, because for years I've been wanting to take the time away from work and just spend two or three days focusing all of my energy and passion on nothing but my family. It can be fun to kind of look back at these pictures and see what's going on. You know, it'll just be a, a little, a little time capsule. >> Get some cool pictures out of it, yeah. Right, okay. >> So, it'll be fun for me and hopefully it'll be fun for you guys too. What I'm going to do now, is I'm actually going to go out there and focus all of my time on one element of a much bigger project. That bigger project is documenting family, but today and for this week, I'm just going to focus on this one chapter.

And that chapter is my brother this week in his life. His hobbies, his interests, and his family, they're going to change over the year. I want to capture this moment in their lives. Join me as I travel back to my home state of Oklahoma, to document my brother, his family and some of his quirky hobbies, in this attempt to construct a photo essay about his life.

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