What is reportage?
Reportage is a visual account of a current event, cultural phenomenon, history, customs or rituals, human condition, etc. done in drawings and writing. In Urban Sketching context the work is completed from direct observation while on location. The drawings have to tell a story by capturing an event and showing context, characters, and setting. Sketches are accompanied by short pieces of narrative writing presented directly on the drawings or added separately. The narrative is informed by firsthand accounts, research, and interviews. A successful visual reportage gives viewers a feeling for the setting and the people.