SFW Online

Finding Your Visual Story: A Beginning

with Esha Chiocchio

August 23 – September 27, 2022

Tuesdays; 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $645.00

Course Description

Humans are storytellers. Since before recorded history, we have used stories to keep our cultures alive, convey the histories of our lives, and inspire action. Photography — writing with light — allows us to tell visual stories that transcend language. In this online workshop led by documentary photographer Esha Chiocchio, a Santa Fe resident, we put the adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words” to the test to create cohesive narratives that use the photographic arts to convey unique stories.

Over a six-week period, we look at exemplary photo essays, discuss the nuances of shaping a narrative, engage in weekly critiques of student work, and explore the art of editing and sequencing. Students are given weekly assignments and will share their progress as we build toward our final photo essays.

We begin with the question — “what do I want to say?” From there, we look at the story arc and what types of images we need to create to best convey this message. As we progress, we will deepen our individual styles to create a cohesive body of work that both tells a story and carries the photographer’s artistic signature.

This workshop provides a strong foundation in visual storytelling and is designed to flexibly meet people at their level to encourage skill-building and exploration in a supportive environment. This exciting week is intended to help participants develop a new project and create a well-rounded essay with Esha’s guidance. However, if you already have a project underway, we can work to refine it through editing and additional image-making.

Come join Esha online and follow your dream of telling stories with your camera and your heart.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to an online platform for weekly critiques.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 4:00 – 7:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays starting August 23 and ending on September 27 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Documentary, Storytelling
Esha Chiocchio

Esha Chiocchio is a photographer and filmmaker who uses her combined knowledge of visual storytelling and sustainable communities to inspire social change. An optimistic realist, she focuses on solutions to societal and environmental challenges. Good Earth, her current project, is a multimedia collaboration that features the work of agrarians from diverse sectors who are revitalizing land through regenerative practices. She has photographed around the world for publications, non-profits, and commercial clients, including National Geographic, Bonefish Grill, and Jardins du Monde. Esha studied and worked at Santa Fe Workshops before launching her photo career and is excited to give back to the SFW community.

In addition to teaching with Santa Fe Workshops, Esha has taught photography to high school students on four continents with the Fredric Roberts Photography Workshops. She also teaches climate and environmental programs through the Santa Fe Watershed Association and serves on the board of the New Mexico chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Esha’s photography has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in France, South Korea, Mali, Washington, DC, and Santa Fe. She has BAs in Anthropology and French from the University of Colorado, a Masters in Sustainable Communities from Goddard College, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa.


Website: eshaphoto.com

Instagram: @eshachiocchio

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