Making Maps That Tell Stories: An Introduction to Documentary Mapmaking


Maps can do much more than tell us how to get from point A to point B (which is, in itself, a kind of narrative!). Map making is not traditionally considered one of the documentary arts, but there are myriad examples of artists and cartographers who have used maps and atlases to tell rich stories about places and people. In this course we'll learn the basics of what makes a map and practice basic tools and techniques for creating narrative maps. Students will work in small groups on a mapping project over the course; projects will be jointly decided by the students and instructor. (20 hours/All Levels)

Tim Stallmann
is a Durham-based cartographer and a founding member of the Counter-Cartographies Collective. His work focuses on using maps as tools to build community power around racial, economic justice and environmental justice. Tim's maps have been published in Indy Week, Ecotone Journal, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. His work in collaboration with the Counter-Cartographies Collective has been widely published and exhibited. Tim is also one of the judges for the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography. His work can be viewed at


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