Art in Service of Real Life Stories
Learn from the 2022 World Press Photo of the Year winner how to recruit art to tell impactful visual stories—and change the world
"The class with Amber has been absolutely excellent. Amber is a wonderful teacher — we honestly all adore her and respect her to the hilt —and she is of course an exemplary photojournalist."
—Student in fall 2021 program
Instructor: Amber Bracken
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
New start date: Eight Thursdays beginning September 29, 2022
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment.
Course fee: $700
Kamloops Residential School. 2022 World Press Photo of the year by Amber Bracken
Learn from experienced and award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken how to combine the formal elements of fine art and the real life experiences of your subjects to create powerful visual stories founded in the documentary tradition. By critically engaging with the who, what and how of your storytelling, you can push back against compassion fatigue, and ensure we are worthy stewards of people's stories as we tell them in ways they will be heard and understood. We can and should be relentless in our pursuit of beauty — it is necessary in our fraught world — but in documentary photography aesthetics can never be allowed to interfere with truth. In this hands-on course, we will explore how to effectively recruit art in service of real life stories—and change the world.
A lifelong Albertan, Amber photographs primarily across western North America to represent the global issues in her own backyard. Her work explores intersections of race, environment, culture and colonization. She specializes in invested relationship based and historically contextualized storytelling that centres people in their own stories. Recent work has focused on intergenerational trauma in Cree youth, Wet'suwet'en reoccupation and land rights fights, the overrepresentation of un-housed Indigenous people displaced in their historic territories, and interrogating the impact of race in her own family. Select clients include National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Maclean's, ESPN, and The New York Times. Select recognition includes The World Press, The Marty Forscher Fellowship and an ICP Infinity Award. In 2022, Amber’s photo of the Kamloops Residential School in Canada won the World Press Photo Picture of the Year award. www.amberbracken.com
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