Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion

A picture of MIT students cossing Massachusetts Avenue in a rain storm.

Students cross Massachusetts Avenue in the rain. (Image courtesy of James Camp.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

21W.749

As Taught In

Spring 2002

Level

Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of A World In Motion exposes students to the work of a number of great documentary photographers and photojournalists, as well as to writing about the documentary tradition. Students work throughout the term on a photo documentary project of their own, attempting to reduce a tiny area of the moving world to a set of still images that convey what the viewer needs to know about what they saw - without hearing the sounds, smelling the odors, experiencing what was happening outside the viewfinder, and without seeing the motion. Students also write papers about the subjects of their photo documentaries.

Colen, B.. 21W.749 Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion, Spring 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/writing-and-humanistic-studies/21w-749-documentary-photography-and-photo-journalism-still-images-of-a-world-in-motion-spring-2002 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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