A REPORTAGE, which involves the precise documentation of facts and events that can be easily traced in their dimension of space and time, sometimes loses its fundamental component of NARRATION, something it should instead always keep alive.
Storytelling, for its part, does not bind its dimension to mere documentation of facts but places its purpose in the narrative. It does not require historical identification or geographical approval as it places its primary purpose in the reader’s emotionality and sensitivity.
The narrative goes beyond the simple concept of series of photographs by the commonality of theme or subject matter, and that itself of illustration for photographs, in that the photographic narrative has in its specificity the power to interpenetrate photographs into one another while retaining the meaning and narrative power of the individual image, preserve and enhances Its strength of expression is merely connecting to the others in a structured narrative sequence.
The Class “Reportage & Narration” by photojournalist Gabriele Orlini is an educational course aimed at creating an awareness and objective and subjective methods proper for creating a photographic narrative that differs from reportage in its different requirements of truth, objectivity, spontaneity, and facts.
It aims at creating and researching ideas, the narrative construction of a story contained in a report, a trip, or even a single portrait.
Through exercises and hands-on activities, educating the eye in recognizing stories, to tell the truth in the image will provide foundations of method-before form for the ability to reason in a narrative, from idea creation to planning, from subject writing to story creation, from photographic approach to the selection of “functional” images to the final representation.
The Class is aimed at preparing and realising a personal photographic storytelling project.
The “Reportage & Narration” Class consists of four online lessons of two hours each. It develops in a constant sharing of dialogues and thoughts, allowing participants to build their paths according to their inclinations.
From Creating an Idea to Defining a Subject, from Planning to Realization through Functional Selection for Photographic Storytelling.
In the FIRST LESSON (April 30), we lay the groundwork between Reportage and Storytelling, including through the example of published work. We work on developing the Idea with method exercises to train the ability and sensitivity to Storytelling, educating the gaze to the world around us.
The SECOND (May 7) and THIRD LESSONS (May 14) continue with what was learned in the previous meetings, expanding on the concepts acquired with additional exercises and contexts. Each participant is called upon in the context of the “discussion” and, by their characteristics, is assigned a personal photographic storytelling project to be presented and discussed in the FOURTH LESSON (May 21).
Requirements and Calendar
- Open to all, at least a basic level of photography is required.
- An interest in fiction will make the lessons more assimilable
- Lessons of two hours each are held online via Zoom© for a total of 8 hours
- Starting on 30 April, weekly, from 18:00 to 20:00
The most exciting works, in line with the objectives of DooG Reporter, will be considered for publication.