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Storytelling Photography and Documentary Photojournalism Course in Florence


Jul 25 2020


TheDarkroom Academy Florence
Borgo Santa Croce 17, Florence



In Brief

The photographic storytelling, the art for to take images in a sequence and communicating your story with photographs.

32 hours course

4 weeks duration
2 classes per week of 4 hours each, every Wed and Thu
Afternoon schedule

Lessons in English
Level of the course: intermediate
Extra fees: no

Application deadline 1 week prior course beginning


Storytelling photography Florence, the art for to take images in a sequence and communicating your story with photographs, made in Florence!

Storytelling means telling stories. Storytelling photography means telling stories with images. This is the meaning of this wonderful art that transforms abstract photography into a message.

Photography becomes a notebook of images for to tell your life stories.

Who has never stopped for a moment to dream in front of one of the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Robert Capa, Robert Frank and many other photo reporters who brought us their stories and introduced us to the hidden aspects of the society when the Internet didn’t exist yet?

We called it ‘photojournalism’. Then also the name ‘street photography’ came under the spot, from the typical way of American photographers to stroll in New York while instinctively and secretly taking snapshots of everything that hit their mind.

Storytelling photography is indeed a nice way of telling a story. A story of joy and hope, like those of the French humanist movement, or a story of social denunciation, like those of Robert Frank and Walker Evans, or even a war story, like those of Robert Capa or William Eugene Smith.

A sequence of images to tell a story

In any case, they were photographs chosen wisely and lined up so that they could take the observer almost by the hand and lead him/her into an unknown world, so that he/she could know some aspects, sensations, emotions, or simply facts related to a particular aspect of social life.

This is the purpose of storytelling photography today. Go to discover new places, meet new people, listen to new stories and then photograph for to show them to whoever wants to know some more about our world. Or even just for our personal pleasure.

Put in words that seems easy to achieve. But it is not in the facts. One matter is taking everything that hits our eyes. Another matter is putting that together in a row or series of images that show a coherence and convey a clear and precise message to the observer.

This storytelling photography course aims to investigate and study all aspects of this photographic narration art.

We will do it with theoretical lessons in the classroom, where we will see photographs of famous photographers who determined the birth and development of the art of storytelling in photography. But we will also do it in a practical way, walking through the streets of Florence in search of our subjects to photograph.

Whether it’s a market, a craftsman at work, or the simple life of Florence on any day of the week, we will do it in a way to make our images unique, street photography style, sometimes secretly, sometimes after having being granted full access to subjects.

In the end we will study the best way to put these images in sequence. Sometimes we will realize that we have to go back to the location to keep shooting because we missed some important pieces of the puzzle… The mistake is around the corner but we are committed to learn. We will do so, with the goal to make good storytelling photography as for our satisfaction as well as for our public viewers.

What will we do in this course

Our work will be based on digital photography and on the import workflow in digital library with subsequent post production and editing.

Anyone who wants to shoot on film can, but in this case they will have to organize themselves for development and printing because this will not be a darkroom course and we will not be able to use darkroom for this purpose.

Part of the course will be in the classroom, where we will analyze the history of photography and study the techniques to achieve our goals.

Another large part will take place outdoors where we will go strolling in town, in search of subjects to picture.

At the end of the course we will put together a story with the images taken. We will also make a written article, as real photojournalists do. The article will be published in the school’s IN TheDarkroom online magazine.

Extra program trips

We don’t know how far a course like this can take us. We may decide to photograph a subject that is far from Florence and that takes place on days that are not those ones of our scheduled class, such as a fair or a Sunday market. For this reason, be prepared to make some out of town trips!

Please note: in this case, train tickets, buses or various transfers must be up to the participants.



  • Introduction to storytelling photography and its various applications: news, photo reportage, documentary, corporate.
  • The choice of the best camera among the current ones offered by the actual market.
  • Objectives and equipment for photojournalism: the photojournalist’s bag.
  • The management of a digital photographic library (DAM) for a dynamic and productive workflow.
  • Carrying out a photojournalistic assignment, from concept to making, up to the final presentation of the work.
  • Trip planning, equipment, necessary permits and everything you need to be able to work without problems.
  • The problem of access and strategies to solve it.
  • How to relate to people, advice for effective field work.
  • How a story must be developed and the photos that cannot be missing: cover, central, closure.
  • The five Ws and storytelling through images.
  • The editing in sequence of the story and the various techniques to develop it.
  • The role of photojournalism today, how the news market and new multimedia challenges have shaped this art.
  • Writing for the project: the description to take on the work, the written article.
  • Publication of the report on the school’s IN TheDarkroom magazine.
  • Planning ahead for to enter the professional market as a free-lance photojournalist.


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