Are you looking for photo essay ideas or want to know how to create photo essays similar to those in magazines? Just follow the guidelines below and you will be making your own photo essays in no time.
Before we get started, you need to decided which of the four basic types of photo essay you are looking to create.
1. EVENT PHOTO ESSAYS
This type of photo essay centres around an event, usually a news type event such as an earthquake and so on but could be smaller scale such as a local wedding. Also, it could be quite linear (for example, following chronological events within the bigger event) but not always.
Any linear sequence of events such as a news event comes into this category. The time span can be one day day or one year or even a decade or two or longer.
These can be done locally or when travelling and are usually thematic rather than linear.
This can be a series of photographs around a more abstract idea such as love, health, hope, poverty and so on.
Above: No Dogs Allowed by Anne Darling
A photo essay is something designed for publication, either in print or on the internet. The guidelines below are based on the idea of an article presented as a series of two-page spreads as you might find in a newspaper or a magazine.
The guidelines refer to a photo essay I created from photographs by a friend of mine, a Chinese photographer called Li Jin who visited Sichuan after the earthquake in 2008. You can watch the slideshow first (full screen is best) then read on below.