Guided by an accomplished photographer for National Geographic Magazine, explore new storytelling tools and techniques for documentary photography, learning how to engage your audience in more metaphorical and conceptual ways.

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Photojournalists and those interested in documentary photography are often trained to tell stories in very literal ways: we make images of the world as life unfolds in front of us, and share those photographs with our audience. But how can we find more metaphorical and conceptual ways to tell stories while still honoring our desire to be documentarians?

Guided by Daniella Zalcman, this workshop will focus on exploring a range of alternative processes and experimental documentary photography styles as a storytelling tool, and asking ourselves how different techniques can be used to augment traditional documentary photography in a thoughtful and responsible way.

We’ll explore using alternative processes like multiple exposure and cyanotype, engage with the work of photographers who have utilized conceptual techniques from Endia Beal to Zun Lee, and brainstorm ways that we can translate these methodologies to our own stories and practices.

Note: Students should bring an assortment of images, their own laptop, and a thumb drive for transferring files.

All images copyright Daniella Zalcman.

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Instructor: Daniella Zalcman

Daniella Zalcman is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and her projects are supported by National Geographic Society, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. She is also the founder of Women Photograph, a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists around the world. Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity has won numerous awards including the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, and the 2016 Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award. She lives between Paris and New York.