Documentary Photography (Online)
The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment. This highly focused, 7 week online course gives you an introduction to the world of documentary photography covering both the theoretical and the practical...
Taught by: Anders Birger.
The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.
This highly focused, 7 week online course gives you an introduction to the world of documentary photography covering both the theoretical and the practical. The course is taught online 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.
At the beginning of the course you will be taught the history of documentary photography as well as learning how to spot and develop a good story. There will be an introduction to the photographic text and its importance in documentary photography. You will then go on to shoot a coherent reportage based on a subject of your choice that you will present to your classmates. 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.This course will be taught over University of the Arts London's online platform. Each session will last two hours, home work assignments will be set for completion between classes. Please note all times are GMT. To find out more about how online courses are taught please visit our dedicated Online Courses webpage.
- History of documentary photography
- How to spot a good story
- Planning, researching and developing a story
- Planning shots that communicate emotions and narrative
- Technical skills in documentary photography
- 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.
Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue your digital education with Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Beginners or enhance your documentary story with Effective Writing for Journalists.
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.”