Portraiture in Documentary Projects and Advocacy

Course Code: 21FCEPO121

Dates: October 20 - December 8, 2021

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

Location: Online Zoom Classroom

Fall Tuition: $675

The power of a portrait lies in its capacity to connect audiences to a narrative or community. This class helps students add focus and depth to an early-stage photographic project that may range from exploring hyper-personal to social justice issues through environmental portraiture. As a group, students develop concise, overarching narratives for their projects and research, find suitable approaches to collaborative/environmental portraiture, identify potential collaborators and consider strategies for conducting interviews, and explore how to work with natural light on location and contend with unforeseen circumstances. The class discusses the work of contemporary photographers and reads pertinent writings on photography, while continuously reviewing/critiquing the work made by students in the course of the class. The goal of the course is to create a portfolio of environmental portraits that strongly conveys the students’ point of view and narrative.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels. Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes that are Open to All Skill Levels.

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: Marc Ohrem Leclef
Image: Marc Ohrem Leclef
Fee: $675.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Fall Tuition$ 655.00
Mandatory FeeMaterial Fee$ 20.00

Online Zoom Classroom

Marc Ohrem-Leclef

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
10/20/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
10/27/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/03/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/10/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/17/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/01/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/08/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/15/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom

Be prepared to share your early-stage project by way of presenting 5-7 images with the class, along with a brief project statement (3-4 sentences). Alternatively, you may show examples of other imagery that relates to a narrative/event/story you want to make work about during this course. A reading assignment will be sent to you a week before class.


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