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Using Images to Tell a Story: Photojournalism & Documentary Photography

With Annie Griffiths


Find out how to tell an effective story with your photographs. Great photojournalism is more than a single hero image; it provides a deep understanding of a place, circumstance, or event through a series of images. National Geographic photographer and Ripple Effect founder Annie Griffiths will show you how to plan, shoot, and arrange a superior visual story.

Annie will review the types of images required to show the people, place, and impact of an event. You will discover the role of the deeply personal and candid shot, as well as the photographs needed to convey context and understanding. You will also learn Annie’s tips for gaining trust and getting people to forget about “the woman with the camera”.

  • You will learn to plan a shoot, sequence and present images to tell a story.       

  • Hands-on work will include sequencing shots, and a short photo assignment!

  • Bring to class your notebook and camera 

Note this class is offered in two different sessions. Friday PM and Saturday AM. 


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One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career and has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic. Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, and Stern, among other publications.
In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world.  She’s the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document programs that empower women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Based in Washington, D.C., Ripple has produced 26 films and built a photo archive of over 20,000 images since 2010. Using these assets, Ripple’s aid beneficiaries have raised millions of dollars, expanded their programs to multiple countries, and proven that women and girls are the best investment the world can make in our shared future.
Annie is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers and has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Heifer International, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association.