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Edit your story

Marc Prüst is conducting research into the workings of the photographic industry to understand how and why photographs circulate: why do we see the photographs that we see, in print, on social media, in museums, on billboards, and elsewhere?

A part of his research is dedicated to narrative photography. This aspect has garnered Forhanna’s interest, and we support Marc Prüst in bringing to light the results of his research, which he incorporates into a publication. For Forhanna, he has created the booklet Edit Your Story, which will be presented during a public event on storytelling and editing at Pakhuis de Zwijger in June 2024.

A part of the research is dedicated to narrative photography. This aspect has caught Forhanna’s interest, and we support Marc Prüst in bringing these results to light.

Edit your story focuses on the structure of the narrative: how you can determine which photos, in which order, tell your story.

Edit your story emphasizes the importance of proper editing, where the selection and sequence of photos tell a story. The book discusses different outcomes of editing and how to edit a series based on a method, illustrating eleven storytelling formats with clear examples and images from the Forhanna Collection. Released by Forhanna in English and Dutch in a single edition.

During the presentation on June 26, the booklet will be distributed for free. Afterward, it can be ordered from Forhanna and will be delivered by mail.

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More about the project

Marc Prüst's doctoral research at the University of Groningen focuses on the transition within the entire visual economic industry, aiming to clarify how economic value relates to social value. Developing this understanding requires a historical perspective on the economic infrastructure of non-fiction photography, the current state of this media economy, and the role and position of both professional photographers working in various fields and institutions such as galleries, museums, publishers, agencies, funds, interest groups, etc.

The results of this research will be practically translated into an annual publication, public events, and potentially webinars. Forhanna focuses on a small part of the whole, autonomous narrative photography, but deems it necessary to support Prüst in his research that benefits the entire sector. It aligns with Forhanna's mission to recognize the importance of this project, as it can provide essential insights to creators and involved parties about the structure of the photographic industry, how to act professionally within it, and gain new perspectives on possible future developments.

About the researcher

Marc Prüst

Marc Prüst is an experienced visual story editor, photography curator, researcher, and advisor, primarily focused on institutions working within the realm of photography. With extensive experience in the field, he has developed a comprehensive method for crafting photographic projects, aiding photographers in conceptualisation, preparation, and editing. He oversees the production of their visual narratives across various platforms such as books, exhibitions, and other projects. Additionally, he conducts workshops, masterclasses, lectures, and contributes writings on photography.

Currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Groningen, Marc's research focusses on the visual economy of the photographic industry. He collaborated with the Forhanna Foundation to develop a series of webinars on visual storytelling and publishing research on sustainable business models for documentary photographers.

Marc's expertise extends to event organization and artistic direction. Notably, he organized and art directed the inaugural Nuku Photo Festival Ghana in 2018, spanning multiple cities including Accra and Tamale. His exhibitions, such as 'ALEPPO' at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, have garnered acclaim for their poignant narratives and visual impact.

Prior to his current pursuits, Marc served as the Artistic Director of the Photoreporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France, from 2014 to 2016 and was involved in curatorial roles for prominent festivals such as FotoGrafia in Rome and LagosPhoto in Nigeria. His work experience at the World Press Photo Foundation and Agence VU’ underscore his extensive experience in organizing exhibitions and cultural activities on an international scale.

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