Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Making contact: The first call, part of Shooting a Photo Essay: An Artist at Work.
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I've just arrived here in Ventura, California for the first time.…Lynda.com has asked me to come out here to shoot a photo essay or photo story about a…local sculptor named Kevin that lives in a really cool space called Art City.…I've never met Kevin before. Linda's found the subject matter, sent me…a little background information of him and some slides of his artwork so I get to, an…idea of what I'm going to be shooting. The thing that's really different about…this for me, because usually I would do this from a magazine or newspaper.…Is that Lynda has asked me out here, along with her crew, who's going to be…documenting me as I do this shoot. In an attempt to sort of give you guys an…idea of my process, and the way that I like to craft a story.…
So, before you get started, I need to give Kevin a call and introduce myself to him…and go over some of the logistics and schedules.…for the next couple days on how we're going to do this.…But the most important part of this phone call is really setting a tempo for a…
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.