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.
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:
- W. Eugene Smith
- Ansel Adams
- Gordon Parks’ A Harlem Family are acclaimed for showing a glimpse into the lives of the sick and impoverished.
- James Nachtwey
- William Klein
- Peter Funch’s much-reposted photo series, for which Funch photographed the same street corner for nine years.
Photo-essays moved from printed press to the web.
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- "Haiti: Out of the Ruins - Photo Essays". time.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
- William Klein, lensculture.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
- Fulleylove, Rebecca (2 October 2017). "Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years". It's Nice That.
- "Fotoesej a fotoreportáž v internetových verziách svetových denníkov či týždenníkov". Charles University. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
- Photo Essay at Time