| Documentary Photography AS 371.303
In this course, we will explore different genres of documentary photography including: the fine art document, photojournalism, social documentary photography, the photo essay and photography of propaganda.
Students will work on a semester-long photo-documentary project on a subject of their choice. Camera experience is a plus, but not a prerequisite. Students will be loaned a digital SLR for the semester.
Begin to think critically about images
View and discuss the work of documentary photographers
Gain proficiency in the use of the camera
Learn to connect images sequentially
Create a semester long documentary project
30% Students must be active participants in all classroom activities: joining in discussion of images, and completing assignments for critique on time.
60% Final project
You must be on time for all classes. Three late classes count as a missed class.
Two missed classes will lower your grade by one letter.
Three missed classes result in an F.
Lecture: What is Documentary Photography?
Discussion on various forms this genre takes
Introduction to Feldman Theory
Understanding Exposure Brian Peterson
Practice using your cameras see assignment sheet on Blackboard
Upload images to Flickr See data sheet on Blackboard
Field practice: Baltimore Street Car Museum
Camera Raw Tutorial
Discussion of Flickr uploads
Lecture: Street Photography
Digital Journalist Discussion
See assignment sheet on Blackboard
Due Class 5
Hampden Skate Park
Write a semester long project proposal due class 6
You should pick a project that would lend itself to a photographic essay on a subject that truly interests you. We will have critiques of your work as we progress through the semester to help with technical and content issues.
Photoshop Tutorial and Lab
Reading for Class six
We will work on street car photos
Begin work in class on semester project
Movie and Discussion “True Meaning of Pictures”
Reading for class 7
“Impossible to Forget” on electronic reserve
Discussion of project proposals
LAB ½ CLASS
Movie and Discussion War photographer
Lecture: Photographer as Witness
Upload images from your semester project to flickr
You can post them under your set
Critique: Bring images on a portable drive
Reading “The Harvest Gypsies” PDF on Blackboard
Lecture: Farm Security Association
Discussion: Issues of Photographic Integrity
Propaganda photos from Soviet Union