‘Documentary Process & Practice’ photography course, Emily Carr University, Vancouver

Posted on Apr 17, 2012
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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching my first summer continuing studies photography course at Emily Carr University in Vancouver this July. The course, entitled “Documentary Process & Practice”, is designed to introduce students to advanced concepts in documentary photography. Through research and production of a non-fiction photo essay, students will encounter and discuss a spectrum of project-related issues that often surround documentary photography: gaining access; shooting what you know; ethics; traditional and emerging venues for communicating ideas; and the concept of ‘giving voice’.

Increased availability and affordability of digital technologies is putting cameras in the hands of more people than ever before. Similarly, an ever-expanding array of electronic venues for the dissemination of images is bringing photographs to audiences further, wider, and faster. This ever-increasing power of production and dissemination brings a deepened need for documentary photographers to think critically about their relationship with, and responsibility to, the communities in which they work – communities that, in the traditions of the genre, are often depressed by social, environmental, and geopolitical circumstance. Added to the ability to navigate emerging platforms of funding and exhibition, the new breed of documentary photographers needs an understanding of contemporary ethical issues and an increased attention to the way they communicate about and through their work if they wish to represent the stories of others effectively and responsibly.

Foundation in photographic principles and practical knowledge of your own camera are required. Students should have a comfortable analog or digital workflow and should to come to the first class with an idea for a personal documentary project.

The course runs July 7 – August 4 2012, Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30. Registration is now open. For more information and to register please visit the course page.

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