Knowing When to Exhale: the art of visual storytelling – P0509-19

Date: Jul 01 - 05, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to IV i

Instructor(s): Eli Reed

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Moments often pass by without being identified as images to be remembered. These moments cross all kinds of borders. Sometimes when these borders are crossed, the results are viewed as uncomfortable and hard to deal with; the photographer has found their limit. This workshop challenges students to recognize that point and move beyond it by examining community and life through the art of visual storytelling. In this workshop, participants examine the art of cohesive storytelling and narrative, and work together to create a storyline and a rich understanding of place and culture. The goal of the workshop is an intensive step toward an understanding of individual photographic vision.


Students use digital cameras with manual exposure capabilities and Adobe Lightroom to import, edit and print images.


Each student works on an individual project, either an ongoing body of work or discovering new pathways. Works-in-progress are reviewed and new work from individual assignments is discussed. Project ideas and execution are examined as well as obstacles and how to overcome them. Finally, related contemporary and historical projects are presented.


Eli Reed is a professor, author and photographer. He is the first African American selected as a full member into the Magnum Photos agency. Having been published in nearly 30 magazines, Eli is best known for three decades of photojournalism that reflect his profound interest in the effects of war on society and social justice, particularly the lives of African Americans.

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