Long-Term Visual Storytelling (Online)


Inside the home of elder Deweese Wolfe, 73, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee, North Carolina. October 2016.

In this online course, we’ll discuss what it takes to develop a long-term photography project that digs into a personal, political, cultural, or social issue. Topics like choosing a story, research, access, building relationships, record keeping, process/production, and publication will be covered. We’ll look at successful long-term projects by photographers such as Nancy Borowick, Mary F. Calvert, Darcy Padilla, Brendan Hoffman, and others. We’ll also share work with each other, and provide ideas and feedback for students with projects already underway, as well as for those who choose to begin a project during the course. The course will meet every other week for four group sessions, and each student will have a one-on-one, approximately thirty-minute meeting with the instructor. Photographers of all levels who are beginning a long-term project, and those who have already started one, are welcome. Students with projects that are geographically accessible during the course will likely benefit most from this course, but it is not a requirement. (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 sarahstacke.com.

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.

Class will meet every other week, beginning September 17 and ending October 29. One-on-one meetings will be held on October 8.


Add Section Location Ages Grades Instructor Dates Days Times Fees Details Open