One famous photo essayist was Larry Burrows. Burrows was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam but his work helped show the face of war to Americans.
TimeLife.com has a Burrows memorial page that has some of his photographs including 15 photographs that served as covers for Life Magazine. This photo is from the cover of his book, Vietnam. You can see some of the photos from this link to the book on Amazon.com.
Time and Life magazines both have a long history of photo journalism. Many of these photo essays are on-line and available for viewing.
Assignment - Photo Essay (Part 1)
In this assignment you will create your own photo essay. To help prepare you for this you should review some other photo essays and prepare a report.
Select a photo essay from the Time.com web site.
Select one essay and to review it. You will need to respond to these points in a word processing program like Text Edit:
- Did the photographer use staged photos, candid photos or both?
- Color or B&W? Did it make a difference? What factors contributed to the selection of one over the other?
- Find examples of good framing and composition and point them out. How close do the subjects feel in the photo?
- Find examples of good use of color and light. Do you see backlighting? Were the photos taken early or late in the day?
- How much narration and text support the essay?
- Do the photos in the essay stand alone or do they need to be seen as a part of the whole?
- Describe your reaction to the essay. Do all photo essays illicit a reaction in the viewer?
- Minimum of 8 photos
- Single theme or "story" for the essay
- Consider the following in composing your photographs:
- Color or B&W
- Angle and distance to subject
- Candid or posed photos?