Photographers' Tool Kit
Real world tools for documentary and editorial photographers
Instructor: Amber Bracken
6:30–9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays, Beginning March 7
Course type: Shooting, critique, and discussion
Level: Open to all levels
Course fee: $700
Kamloops Residential School. 2022 World Press Photo of the year by Amber Bracken
Option to pay 25% deposit now with balance due one week before course starts.
In this eight-week hands-on course, we will revisit the fundamental building blocks of documentary and editorial storytelling. Our sessions will include lecture, readings, and critique. Each week, students will be given specific real world assignments designed to equip photographers with sharper skills and important visual tools. Assignments can be executed either as part of an ongoing project or as stand-alone exercises, but students must budget at least a few hours each week outside class time for this work. In either case, students can expect to be challenged creatively, technically and theoretically. Strengthen your skills for photographic relationships, storytelling and execution for your next big adventure.
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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