Alec Soth: Photographic Storytelling

Alec Soth teaches photographic storytelling

Alec Soth leads the second online course by Magnum Photos, demonstrating the different techniques and approaches he uses in his photographic storytelling. In his first ever online course, you will follow the world-renowned visual storyteller as he navigates a range of different photographic scenarios, initiated after a random act - a dart thrown at a map.

Through an engaging curriculum of 19 in-depth video lessons you will learn about a variety of topics, from building a project to creating a photobook.

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© Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

19 Lessons

Covering Soth's early career, portraiture, editing and sequencing, photobooks and much more.

5+ Hours

In-depth lessons and case studies totaling more than five hours of high-quality video content.

24/7 Access

No deadlines, no time-limits. Enjoy the content at your own pace, available online 24/7.

Beginnings

Learn lessons from Soth’s own experience juggling jobs, finding time to create work, and the ten years of development prior to his breakthrough project, Sleeping by the Mississippi.

Portraiture

Your tutor discusses the 'energy' that people can bring to your work. See how Soth approaches portraits, including a pre-arranged session and unplanned encounters with strangers.

Editing

Learn about the power of editing in photography, and how to create meaning through sequencing.

Photobooks

Soth talks us through the decision-making behind his seminal photobook projects including Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara and Broken Manual, covering the process from maquette to hand-made dummy to the final publication.

Voice

Soth speaks at length on finding your 'voice' as an artist.

What you'll learn

Overcoming creative challenges

Learn from Alec Soth's experience juggling jobs, finding time to create work, and the ten years of development prior to his breakthrough project.

Building photographic projects

From ideas and research to shooting, creative momentum and finding meaning, Alec Soth breaks down his process of creating a body of work.

Photographing people

Discover the energy that people can bring to your work, the challenges of portraiture and the reasons to push yourself to overcome the fear of photographing strangers.

Creating a photobook

Understand the process of creating photobooks, from editing and sequencing, maquettes and book dummies, to the final publication

See Alec Soth at work

See the Magnum photographer shooting work on location using a variety of photographic approaches and equipment.

Unlock the editing process

Learn about the power of editing in photography, and how to create meaning through sequencing.

About your tutor

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by photographers like Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore. Concerned with the mythologies and oddities that proliferate America’s disconnected communities, Soth has an instinct for the relationship between narrative and metaphor. His clarity of voice has drawn many comparisons to literature, but he believes photography to be more fragmented; “It’s more like poetry than writing a novel.”

Renowned for his photographs of people and his lyrical approach to photography, he has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Broken Manual, Songbook and most recently I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating

Unselfie. USA. 2015 © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

Give the gift of learning. Alec Soth: Photographic Storytelling is packed with exclusive advice and insight to help any aspiring photographer.

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FAQs

How long is the course?

This course includes 19 video lessons with more than 5+ hours of content.

What is included?

As well as the video lessons, you also get downloadable workbooks with lesson summaries, reading lists, and bonus material.

Will there be assignments?

Yes. There are some assignments included in selected lessons and workbooks. We will also be releasing themed assignments from January 2020!

What languages is this course available in?

Currently, this course is only available in English. We will be incorporating additional language subtitling in the future.

Are there subtitles?

English subtitles are available for this course. We will be incorporating future language subtitling in the future.

Further questions?

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Alec Soth: Photographic Storytelling is packed with exclusive advice and insight to help any aspiring photographer.

Through an engaging curriculum of 19 in-depth video lessons you will learn about a variety of topics, from building a project to creating a photobook.

Buy Course - $99
Dance N Style. Sandusky, OH. USA. 2012. © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

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