The Directed Image: constructing a meaningful narrative – P0613-18

Date: Jul 09 - 13, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Jocelyn Lee

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


Explore the timely and dramatic world of photojournalism in a workshop that highlights how we make stories with photographs and how the formal and technical language we choose shapes these narratives. From newspaper journalism to extended documentary, magic realism and surrealism, photo storytelling comes in many forms. We delve into how to better articulate storytelling capacities through attention to technical and formal decisions including light, frame, distance from the subject, depth of field, shutter speed and one’s relationship to the model. We look at work by portrait and still life photographers, as well as clips from carefully selected narrative films to help us better understand our own visual dialect and hone our personal vision.

Media & Techniques:

Students use digital cameras, a digital work flow with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and digital printmaking techniques.


We begin with a portfolio review on the first day. Students work on individual projects for the week, either continuing an ongoing body of work or jumping into something new. As a class, we frequently go on location and students are asked to find and supply creative materials, such as models, objects, and props to continue to construct their photographic narratives throughout the week.


Jocelyn Lee has taught at Princeton University since 2003 and received her M.F.A. in photography from the City University of New York at Hunter College. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two MacDowell Colony residencies. Jocelyn’s photographs are held in numerous collections, including Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Center for Documentary Studies at Tufts University and Maison Europeenne de la Photographie.

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