Documentary Photography: Seeing the World
The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.The course is very hands on, although we do touch on the theoretical parts of documentary photography. Much of the time you’ll find yourself out shooting single assignments, off to museums and exhibitions, as well as going through your work with the tutor and your fellow students in the computer room (we work in Adobe Photoshop - there will be a short introduction, so no need to know these programs before)...
Taught by: Anders Birger.
The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.
The course is very hands on, although we do touch on the theoretical parts of documentary photography. Much of the time you’ll find yourself out shooting single assignments, off to museums and exhibitions, as well as going through your work with the tutor and your fellow students in the computer room (we work in Adobe Photoshop - there will be a short introduction, so no need to know these programs before).
The reportage itself is meant to be shot between the parts of the course, so that means that you’ll have some days to work on your chosen story. It is up to you what you end up shooting, but we will go through this in class so as to enable you to choose the best story, as it’s such a vital part of photography. Apart from the main reportage you’ll find yourself out shooting portraits of your fellow students, and there’s also a whole day dedicated to street photography, in order for us to talk about what makes a good picture and technical ways of bringing it alive.
The course is taught through a series of tutor-guided exercises and peer critiques, where you will present and explain your work. During the course you will shoot and edit a series of images to use in your portfolio. You will learn how to critique your classmates’ work, in order to get a better understanding of the different approaches to the genre and to help each other edit their work.
- History of documentary photography
- How to spot a good story
- Introduction to photographic text
- Various approaches to the documentary genre
- How to critique others’ work
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of what working in documentary photography entails
- Have a basic knowledge of the history of documentary photography
- Select and apply appropriate tools to research
- Spot a good story as well as develop it into a project
- Shoot, edit and present a documentary story in a coherent way
Who Should Attend
Photographers and enthusiasts wishing to develop their practice or those interested in pursuing a degree in documentary photography or photojournalism.
Beginner/Intermediate: You should have basic computer knowledge and knowledge of how to use a camera competently and be able to transfer images from your camera to a computer.
This course is also available as an online course: Documentary Photography (Online).
"Wonderful, inspiring course. Great instructor. Would expand and add more to the course description on the website."
"Found my course truly inspirational, and has really spurred me on to pursue my photography. Anders was a really nice guy & more importantly passionate & knowledgeable about his work/job."
"The tutor was great, he is really passionate about his profession and about teaching. Very encouraging. I would like to see more short courses for advance photographers."
Anders Birger is a freelance photographer based in London. His work has a strong humanistic focus and he is interested in human society and the impact we have on ourselves and each other. Anders has a Bachelor in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism and a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.
In his own words:
“I work on curiosity. Mostly my subjects are areas unknown to me. By understanding, I try to disseminate information to a broader audience. I come from a strong photojournalistic background. I work with documentary projects. My photography is observant. Instead of taking pictures in the situation, I take pictures of the situation.”