Photo Essay Class



What is a photo essay?

It is a series of photos intended to tell a story or evoke emotions. They range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes to full text. Intensive photo essay classes are designed to help you discover and develop your signature style and raise your photography skills to the next level.


Where, When & How Much

This April for six weeks, one night a week, three hours a night, Lee Guthrie is teaching a photo essay class. This time it is at College at the Crossing in Bella Vista, Arkansas, 1801 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Visa, AR 72715, Mar 20-Apr 24, 2012.

If you are ready to go to the next level in your photography, telling a story in 7-10 photos, please go to, click on Non-Credit Schedule and when the catalog comes up search for course reference number 2120. This course is on the next to last page of the catalog.

Below is a description from the catalog as it appears. If you need help, please call 479-855-1903 with your questions. They will be happy to help you. Register early. Class only holds 12 and is a great price at $79!


Course Description

Photo Essay: 18 hrs $79 Lee Guthrie The Art of Telling a Story Photo Essay: The Art of Telling a Story with photos is designed to teach you how to tell a story using 7-10 photos. By the end of this course, you will understand how to edit and choose photos that present a story. Prerequisite: You must have a good working knowledge of your personal camera to take this class. This means you have a camera that has the option to shoot manually, changing aperture and shutter speed. A point and shoot will do but SLR (a camera with a lens that can be changed out) is best. Some training on the use of a camera will happen but the majority of the course is focused on the photo essay.

2120 Mar 20-Apr 24 Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm HC 1004

The Instructor

Lee Guthrie studied with David Alan Harvey (Magnum Photographer & National Geographic contributor), as well as Ralph Lee Hopkins and others. She taught Photo Essay at Cardin Academy in Maui and tutors beginning photographers. In 2010 she was accepted into the juried show, Art Maui, showcasing her black and white prints from her work with a Mennonite family. Lee shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II and edits with Adobe products. For six years she documented the Whirling Dervishes of America, traveling to Turkey, Israel and across the United States. Her book on the Whirling Dervishes will be released in 2012. Contact info: eelprod at or 479-879-1688; her studio is in Fayetteville, Arkansas.