People and Place: The Documentary Portrait

Course Code: 21FCEPJ007

Dates: October 7 - December 16, 2021

Meets: Th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Fall Tuition: $810

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

The camera is a powerful observer of people. In this course, we examine what it means to make images that address the social, cultural, or emotional space of people and the places they inhabit. Participants discuss strategies for photographing people within a cultural context, and create documentary essays. Through class critiques and the honing of editorial skills, students gain a deeper understanding of their personal motivation and desire, and create meaningful work about the world through their lens.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Intermediate: You are familiar with a camera, whether film or digital. You understand aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, histograms, and how to control focus. You are comfortable editing and processing your images. You may want to learn how to utilize your camera in a more thoughtful and articulate way, or learn more about lighting or how to utilize theoretical concepts in relation to your portfolio of work.

Note: DSLR or Mirrorless or analog cameras are suitable for this class.

In accordance with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, all Continuing Education students are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person courses. This includes courses taking place at the ICP School location (79 Essex Street) as well as offsite locations. Students will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status during the registration process, unless an exemption has been granted. ICP strongly recommends that masks are worn while in class, and requires masks to be worn while in other public areas of ICP, to protect the health and safety of all employees, students, and visitors. For your safety, hand sanitizer is available throughout the school.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. In order to comply with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, registration for this course will close three days prior to the start date of the course.

Students attending in-person courses will be required to complete ICP’s online Daily Health Screening prior to entering the ICP school.

image: Karen Marshall
Image: Karen Marshall, Bessie Betony washing hair. Caretakers of the Earth: Navajo Resistance and Relocation, 1987-1997
Fee: $810.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Fall Tuition$ 790.00
Mandatory FeeMaterial Fee$ 20.00

Karen Marshall

Faculty Bio
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12/02/2021Thursday10 AM to 1 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
12/09/2021Thursday10 AM to 1 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
12/16/2021Thursday10 AM to 1 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Please prepare and be ready to show 15 images of past work for the first class. This can be a specific series of images or a group of pictures that you feel represents your best work. Please bring this selection in print form (if you have them printed) or as a specific file of jpegs. We will not be looking at websites.

I would also like you to shoot a pre-class assignment. Photograph a specific place of your choice. This can be a home, a business, a specific public space, or any other area that has a specific boundary. Think about what 'place' means in a photograph. There is no right or wrong to how you shoot this, so have fun. The pre assignment can be a selection of 20 images that you print as cheapo prints (4x6 machine prints) or prepared in a specific file of jpegs.


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