This course is an exploration into the history of the still image in reportage style work. We’ll explore the ways news-gathering techniques, ethical considerations, and the impact of the image itself have changed over time. We’ll look at the work of iconic documentary image-makers and read critical writings about the social, economic and other forces at work. We’ll also look at the power relationships established my market forces and political climates that influenced what stories were told and by whom. We’ll also explore the evolution of documentary work in the contemporary world of the citizen journalist and the so-called “hypermedia” environment. There will be considerable reading, looking at the work of historical and contemporary practitioners, and weekly shooting assignments. One longer, final project will be expected.
Introduction to Photography or similar experience.
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