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).
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
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 knowledgeand knowledge of how to use a camera competently and be able to transfer images from your camera to a computer.
This course is alsoavailable as anonline 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."
Kristian Buus's work is about people and the environment. He lives in London and his work is focused on social and environmental issues and he has covered many protests and direct peaceful actions over the years. His humanistic approach allows him to get involved and close-up with people to capture moments that convey the story to a broader audience. Through reportage photography, portraiture and long term projects he uses the power of still photography to make us pause, look and think.
Kristian graduated from LCP (now LCC) with a BA (Hons) in Photography and has worked across the world for various major media-outlets and charity organisations.
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.”
This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.