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A photographic essay or photo-essay for short is a form of visual storytelling, a way to present a narrative through a series of images. A great photo essay is powerful, able to evoke emotion and understanding without using words. A photo essay delivers a story using a series of photographs and brings the viewer along your narrative journey.[1]

Examples of photo essays include:

  • A web page or portion of a web site.
  • A single montage or collage of photographic images, with text or other additions, intended to be viewed both as a whole and as individual photographs. Such a work may also fall in the category of mixed media.
  • An art show which is staged at a particular time and location. Some such shows also fall into other categories category.
  • In fashion publishing especially, a photo-editorial – an editorial-style article dominated by or entirely consisting of a series of thematic photographs

Photographers known for their photo-essays include:

Photo-essays moved from printed press to the web.[7]

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  1. ^ "How to Create a Photo Essay: Step-by-Step Guide With Examples – 4 Photo Essay Examples". MasterClass. 8 November 2020.
  2. ^ "W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'". Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  3. ^ "Ansel Adams in Color - Photo Essays". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  4. ^ "Haiti: Out of the Ruins - Photo Essays". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  5. ^ William Klein, Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. ^ Fulleylove, Rebecca (2 October 2017). "Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years". It's Nice That.
  7. ^ "Fotoesej a fotoreportáž v internetových verziách svetových denníkov či týždenníkov". Charles University. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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