Photographic Metaphors and Visual Storytelling

Ellen Jacob
4 Sessions »Saturday- Sunday, October 26 -27 and November 2- November 3

10:00am-1:00pm | Studio 20A | $195

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What is a visual metaphor? In this workshop, you’ll learn what a visual metaphor is and how to use the power of metaphor to tell stories in your photography. We’ll identify strategies that develop your practice more as poetry than documentation. We’ll see how people and objects in a photo can take on symbolic meaning and how the traditional conventions of photography can be applied to suggest new and novel relationships among such subjects. You will discover through discussions and photo sessions how to create your own metaphorical imagery.

We’ll look at great work from history, discussing Steigliz’s Equivalents and other masterworks to gain an understanding of the origin of metaphoric photographic imagery and how it applies to your photographic practice. Working together, we’ll develop a deeper understanding of the visual story and how to sequence and edit your images to tell precisely the story you wish to tell. This intensive includes talks, discussions, photography sessions and critiques. Any camera is fine, including phones.

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Ellen Jacob is an artist-photographer whose work focuses on social justice. Her practice often combines photographic images, retouching techniques and other materials. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, including the FIF International Festival of Photography in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and the 5th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Barcelona, Spain, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, SITE: Brooklyn, Wired Gallery, NY. She is a Ford Foundation Grant recipient, a Josephine Herrick teaching photographer and a member of Soho Photo Gallery in New York City. She spent many years with leading publishing companies as a creative director. Ellen splits her time between San Francisco and New York.  

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