Every Picture Tells a Story: An Online Photo Essay Workshop w/ Patrick Farrell | July 12 - August 2, 2020


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  • Join Leica Store Miami and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and news veteran Patrick Farrell for an immersive online photo essay workshop that explores how to make singularly provocative images that work together to create a visual narrative.

    Drawing from experience and knowledge gained as a photojournalist for the Miami Herald and other news outlets for nearly 40 years, Farrell will work collaboratively with a small group of students on identifying narratives and telling visual stories from beginning to end, addressing light, composition and other technical choices that contribute to a photo essay.

    This multi-session workshop will combine group and one-on-one experiences that work toward each student emerging with a compelling, portfolio-ready photo essay. The program is grounded in the work of photo essay master W. Eugene Smith and present-day examples of his legacy. Smith compared making a photo essay to composing a play or music. In that spirit, sessions will address narrative structure, the mechanics of shooting and selecting opening and closing images, and the value of multiple perspectives that relate to one another. Sessions will be personalized to include feedback on students’ existing work and assignments that create or augment individual portfolios. Final photo essays will be edited and presented in the last session for group review and feedback. 

  • Class Size: Limited to 8 attendees

    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (EST) on four consecutive Sundays, July 12-Aug. 2, 2020.

    Workshop format: Four Zoom sessions with breaks, including one-on-one reviews.  

    What to Expect:

    • Learn how to identify narrative structure and tell visual stories.
    • Learn how light, composition, etc. can add to your story.
    • Learn how to select and edit images for a photo essay.
    • Personalized assignments.
    • Group critiques.
    • One-on-one sessions with Patrick.

    Who should attend this Workshop?

    This workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced photographers who are looking to tell a story with their images. While we are happy to answer technical questions as needed, you will be expected to know how to operate your camera so we can focus on narrative and editing.

    • About Patrick
      Patrick Farrell is a Miami-based photojournalist whose work over four decades has taken him to Turkey, Haiti, Cuba and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2009, Farrell’s 19 haunting images from a brutal hurricane season in Haiti won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. He has photographed Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, the 1989 Miami riots, and social justice issues throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Farrell’s work in Haiti has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the Overseas Press Club, among other organizations. Along with a team from WLRN, Farrell was honored with the 2016 Edward R. Murrow First Place Award for a multi-media project on immigration.

      From 1987 to 2019, Farrell was a staff photographer at the Miami Herald, where he was part of the newspaper’s staff that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was the National Press Photographers Association’s Region 6 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1992 and 1993, and he has twice been named Southern Photographer of the Year at the Southern Short Course, the country’s longest-running photojournalism seminar. Farrell was a 2010 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2017-2018, Farrell was a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence at Emerson College’s School of Communication, where his photos were part of “Uncommon Project,” a large-scale projection-mapping project overlooking Boston Common. His photos have appeared in books and worldwide exhibits, including the “Capture the Moment” traveling exhibit of Pulitzer Prize photographs and “Because Tomorrow Needs Her,” a global project on women’s health by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Farrell is currently a freelance photographer and lecturer for the School of Communication at the University of Miami, his alma mater. He is curator of The Sunday Long Read’s the “Sunday Still,” which showcases the most impactful photograph of the week.

      Questions about the Workshop:

      If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 305-921-4433 or send us an email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

    • Withdrawal and Refund Policy

      Enrollment is limited to 8 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

      If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

      At least 5 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund
      Less than 5 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

      Course Cancellation

      In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.


      If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

      There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

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