INTR 324 The Documentary Photography Project

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ARTS324
While every image documents something, the field of documentary photography traditionally uses still images to relate a story about the events and people that shape our world. Students will learn skills required to produce an effective visual narrative. Technical aspects of image acquisition that are particularly useful in conveying information will be reviewed, including manipulation of exposure controls, wide angle composition, and location lighting. Conceptual topics will include myths about "truth" and "objectivity" in photography, and the responsibilities of the documentarian to his/her subjects. Students will practice different types of documentation, and consider techniques for approaching, photographing and interviewing subjects. The practical aspects of developing a story, gaining access, working in unfamiliar environments and editing both individual images and series will be examined. Students will work throughout the semester on planning and executing a documentary project, culminating in an exhibition of their work and production of a print-on-demand book. Acceptance into the class requires strong technical competence, and a demonstrated ability to work independently and to commit to a long-term project. Participants should expect to spend significant time working off campus.
Class Format: studio
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance is mandatory; participation in class discussion and critiques 20 %; aesthetic and technical strengths of shooting exercises 20 %; aesthetic and technical strength of final project 60 %
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Prerequisites: ARTS/INTR 252 and permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: base on portfolio review
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Material and Lab Fees: $200
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under INTR
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 8
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 1391
INTR 324 STU Documentary Photography Projct Division 1: Languages and the Arts Barry Goldstein
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