Photo Essay Class


Check in for classes to be scheduled later in the year!

January 7-14, 2012, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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.


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.


Students must have a SLR camera, plus a grasp of basic camera skills and a photo-editing program. You must submit a digital portfolio for review for acceptance into the class.

Class Outline

Daily: Each student will shoot on their own before and after class. Editing of photos must be done each evening for preview the following day.

Jan. 7, 10:00-3:00        Get acquainted, review portfolios & discuss essay ideas.
Jan. 8-12, 8:30-1:00    Review and discuss photos.
Jan. 13, 10:00-5:00      Group review of editing, audio, and Saturday night presentation.
Jan. 14, 6:00-11:00      Party and presentation. Each student may bring 1-2 guests.

For more information & to register

Class size limited to 12. The cost is $395. For additional information, contact Lee at 808-269-0271 or eelprod at