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Webinars: visual storytelling 2

by Marc Prüst

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About the project

Forhanna has partnered with visual story editor/curator Marc Prüst to develop a comprehensive series of webinars that provide photographers the tools they need to professionalise their projects and visual narratives.

This series of webinars (currently 16) focusses on the photobook as a narrative medium and is part of the ‘Tell your story’-program. More on Tell your story.

All music compositions in the webinars were created by Arend Bouwmeester

“How do you tell visual stories in photobooks?”


Order in Chaos


Tell your story webinar 10

This edition looks at seven books that each show conflict, and we discuss how the photographers created order in the chaos of conflict around them to tell their story.



Tell your story webinar 9
In this edition I look at several travel books, and how a travel story can be told effectively in a photo book. Also, I assess the importance of the texts and how they are used to contextualise the photography.




Tell your story webinar 8

This edition of the webinar series on visual stories in photobooks looks at the concept of the ‘hero’ and how it can be depicted in photographic publications. We look not only at three photobooks but also at two historical magazine publications.


The family album

In this edition I discuss four examples of photographers who have used the format of the family album to tell their story. These stories can be highly personal, or they are about the lives of others. We also look at a combination of storytelling formats, to talk about environmental disaster and the impact on the lives of people.


World Press Photo Story of the year


Tell your story webinar 6

World Press Photo announced the winners of its annual competition on the 14th of April. In this webinar we look at the winners of the World Press Photo Picture and the World Press Photo Story of the Year, we discuss the visual structure of the winning images, and look at how the narration of the story is constructed.

Become member of Forhanna and watch all webinars for free

When you become a member of Forhanna – free of charge-  you can watch all 15 webinars as part of the full serie.

Future webinars will provide more in-depth information for photographers looking to link a business model to their project.

Why would I?

With a quick & one-time-only registration, you gain easy access to all of  Forhanna content and specials.

This includes for example free access to the annual Willem Poelstra lecture (learn more about this).

These webinars were made possible through a contribution from Pictoright Fund.
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Limitation as opportunity

Tell your story webinar 5
In this lecture I discuss projects from the exhibition North Korean Perspectives. How different photographers have worked within and with the limitations set by the North Korean state to share their perspective on the country and its people.


Regained urgency


Now that most people are being forced to spend more time at home to we hear of a dramatic increase of domestic violence. In this new situation, old stories that deal with this subject are even more urgent than before. In this lecture I look at how projects can regain their urgency.

Featuring works by Arianna Sanesi and Donna Ferrato.


Effects of a new reality

The Corona crisis has affected many people worldwide, it seems to be redefining our society. In this lecture we introduce photographic projects that reacted to another crisis with a huge impact on Japanese society; the tsunami of 11 March 2011.


Visual Story Formats 2


In this lecture Marc shows more books and includes the investigation, the continuous story and a combination of typology and narrative as ways to visually create stories.


Visual Story Formats 1

This first video introduces the concept of classifying visual stories into categories based on the narrative format, such as the visual diary, the portfolio, roadtrip and the visual narrative.

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