Ethics in Documentary Photography

Course Code: 22WCEPJ232

Dates: February 8 - March 29, 2022

Meets: Tu from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ET

Location: Online Zoom Classroom

Winter Tuition: $460

This course explores the use of documentary photography to ethically document the subjects and communities who are involved in social justice movements, activism and social change efforts. Students examine concepts such as visibility, gaze, and storytelling to develop stories that empower subjects, elevate unheard voices, and offer counter-narratives about communities to bring attention to important issues and causes. This course helps students to understand how to use documentary photography to integrate these important themes while producing visually compelling images that accurately represent topics, causes and movements. The course is organized as a series of essays, lectures, and presentations that offer important historical and literary insights and critique to our current discourse of major social justice movements around the world. Students will have the opportunity to pursue an independent research project to assist them in developing an ethical framework for documenting social causes that matter to them and their work.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Advanced: You are comfortable with your camera, whether film or digital, and with your photographic practice. You have already produced or are working on a body of work. You are proficient in Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, et cetera. You understand printing or portfolio revision processes. You may be seeking ways to strengthen your work through sequencing, theoretical readings, and group critiques.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

Image: Vanessa Charlot
Image: Vanessa Charlot
Fee: $460.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Winter Tuition$ 440.00
Mandatory FeeMaterial Fee$ 20.00

Online Zoom Classroom

Vanessa Charlot

Date Day Time Location
02/08/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
02/15/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
02/22/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/01/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/08/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/15/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/22/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/29/2022Tuesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Online Zoom Classroom

Students are to choose a photograph that in their opinion addresses race, economics, class, and culture in the United States and be prepared to explain its potential or actual visual impact on public discourse.


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