Students spend one day a week at Polka to gain a comprehensive view of visual storytelling: they will learn how to tell stories through photography and make them public. Students will be brought the keys of understandings of photojournalism and develop the different steps of a reportage: from finding an idea, pitching it, producing it and selling it. It will address the students know-how needed to accurately show and reflect realities through their photography. Also, in today’s world, the tremendous progress of technology is giving priority to the rapidity of the transmission of images rather than the absolute and sacred requirement of their authenticity. The input of photo professionals, their ethics, and rigor are a must. Students will explore the different markets (press, galleries, publishing, festivals, contests, grants…) where they can work.
Key photoreportage steps and knowledge:
During this course, students will learn:
– Understanding the different steps of a reportage.
– Finding a story and making ideas / subjects to become visual storytelling.
– Choosing the visual approach to tell the story (portrait, reportage style, documentary photography…).
– Writing a synopsis.
– Working on the field.
– Editing its production and a story.
– Writing the captions of the pictures.
– Selling the stories.
Participants will be able to tell visual stories by themselves, to be skilled enough to stand in a professional photographic sector.