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Documentary Photography: Seeing the World

Documentary Photography: Seeing the World

London College of Communication
Taught by
A respected industry expert


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.

Topics Covered

  • 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

Course Outcomes
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.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to try Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Beginners or enhance your documentary story with Effective Writing for Journalists.

"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."

Tutor Description

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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