Visual Storytelling on Instagram (Online)


A young man plays in the Oceti Sakowin Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Sept. 10, 2016. Thousands of protesters gathered in the camp to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. #northdakota #NoDAPL #standingrocksioux

Participants in this workshop will develop visual stories to publish on Instagram. Using new work and/or pulling from their archive, participants will learn how to shape a story idea, edit, and present a photographic essay on Instagram. Then, each participant will simulate an Instagram takeover of their own account, posting two to three images per day with text and hashtags for five consecutive days. We will look at the elements of successful takeovers on popular accounts, such as @opensocietyfoundations, @smithsonianmagazine, and @newyorkerphoto, as well as Instagram accounts that have large and engaged followings. We will also speak with an industry professional to learn what editors look for when hiring takeover photographers. All levels of experience are welcome. An Instagram account is required. (8 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Sarah Stacke's personal work develops daily life stories about people living in under-resourced and narrowly represented communities created by intersections of history, culture, and geography. Interested in the effects of colonial-driven forced geographies, she often spends time with a community over the course of months or years. In 2012, Stacke received a master’s degree from Duke University tailored to analyze photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches at CDS and the International Center of Photography, and writes about photography for publications including National Geographic and Photo District News. Her work has taken her around the world, with an emphasis on South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and, within the U.S., North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. She has worked with the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, STAT by Boston Globe Media, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, UN Women, Open Society Foundations, and International Rescue Committee. For more information, please visit

Additional information:
A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.


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