Photo of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and family. Photo © Deanne Fitzmaurice, who is teaching a ‘Develop Your Photographic Narrative Class’ at The Image Flow starting in March 2018.

Budding photographers seeking to learn how to tell a compelling visual story won’t find a better opportunity to do so than ​an upcoming three-class series at The Image Flow, Mill Valley’s community photography hub.

For its Develop Your Photographic Narrative class, the Image Flow has lined up Pulitzer-Prize winning documentary photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, the former San Francisco Chronicle photographer who has created content for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, National Geographic and been honored by American Photography Awards, PDN Photo Annual, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Fitzmaurice’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Newseum, and is part of their traveling exhibition of Pulitzer-winning photographs. 

For the class, which kicks off March 31 and meets again on April 10 and April 15, Fitzmaurice will use her own Pulitzer Prize-winning story as an example to discuss how to find a photo story (or what to do when a story finds you), and how to develop that story into an engaging photographic narrative. She’ll teach students how to approach people to gain trust and access in order to capture with their camera what is authentic and how it contributes to the documentary narrative style. Students will learn the skills to create a visually compelling photographic narrative, whether it’s for a personal project or a story for a magazine, website, corporation, foundation, or nonprofit.

Each student will come to the class with their own photo story ideas and will develop their own project during the course of the week. Fitzmaurice and her producer Amy will help students refine their cultural, issue-based or human-interest stories ahead of the class. 

The 411: Pulitzer-Prize winning documentary photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice is teaching a Develop Your Photographic Narrative class at The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite A. Classes March 31, 9:30-5:30pm, April 10, 7-9pm and April 15, 9:30am-5:30pm. Cost is $725. MORE INFO & SIGN UP.

NOTE: The Image Flow has set the dates for its annual Teen Summer Photography Program in Cuba for July 7-18. MORE INFO.

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