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Project 4

November 15, 2012

Short talk by writer Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

In this project you’ll create a visual narrative, considering context, time, space, movement, picture relationships, linearity/non-linearity.  Produce a narrative that addresses one or more of these approaches:

–  a documentary approach creating a photo essay about an issue
– creation of a constructed reality using a fictitious identity, history or reality
– a poetic or lyrical approach to memory and/or identity

• Use a minimum of 7 photographs–shot, appropriated, staged for the camera, manipulated (Photoshop, etc.)
• Source must be photographic
• Presentation medium is open: installation, movie, object (book, etc.)
• Take care in production of all aspects of the project

Tues Nov 20: reading discussion

Project 4 Readings:
Narrative Notes
The Photograph as Contemporary Art Charlotte Cotton
How Christian Marclay Created “The Clock”
Narrative Analysis

Christian Marclay, The Clock:

The Kuleshov Effect:

The Kuleshov Effect, via Hitchcock:

Eadweard Muybridge

The Perfect Human, Jørgen Leth, 1967

Doug Rickard (photographic narratives from Google Street View)

Mark Robbins

Barbara Probst


John Baldessari

Photo Narrative DDF 2011

staged action >  instructions, performance, location, photography, sequence, presentation

Video by Marissa Gouverne, DDF Summer 2011

Book artist Keith Smith describes how order of viewing alters the story in The Structure of the Visual Book.

See staged photography by Jamie Diamond, Penn faculty.

Michele Lee, Fall 2009:

A day in the life of the Fine Arts dept, photo narrative:

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