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Documentary Master Class with Glenn Ruga




Documentary Master Class with Glenn Ruga

Eight Mondays starting February 10, 2020
Due to unforseen weather issues, or other scheduling conflicts, the class may extend longer than eight weeks.
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, Massachusetts
Tuition: $600
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Limited to ten students
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Photo by Glenn Ruga
Photo by Glenn Ruga; Kosovar refugees in Macedonia.

Class Description

Designed for photographers who are working on, or are interested in working on, a body of documentary work culminating in a portfolio or a multimedia presentation. The focus of this Master Class will be shooting and in-class critique. We will also go over developing skills for conceptualizing a project, printing, editing, sequencing, and communicating the concept of a project. We will also discuss the work of historical and contemporary documentary photographers. We define documentary fairly broad for this class and encourage both traditional and non-traditional approaches to the genre.

Students may present their work during class as prints, projected digital images, or multimedia presentations. While the core of the class is based on still photography -- video, sound, or motion may be used as part of the project.  If students are interested in presenting a multimedia project, they should be versed in the skills necessary to do this as we will not have time during the eight weeks to teach these advanced topics.

Students will be expected to present a final project at the end of the class to the instructor and other classmates in the form of a portfolio of prints, a multimedia presentation, a website, or a book dummy.

The class is designed for photographers who want to engage in a learning environment that will provide consistent valuable feedback and discussion with an instructor and other engaged class members. The class will emphasize documentary photography but with a broard interpretation of the genre and participants are encouraged to push the boundaries of what defines documentary.

The weekly class will involve a crit session of work by class participants, analyzing work by accomplished photographers, developing concepts for projects, and discussing documentary photography.

Requirements: Proficiency in technical aspects of photography including use of digital or film camera, ability to bring in prints or digital slide presentation on a regular basis, and willingness to commit to a project that will be further developed during the course of the class.

Glenn Ruga is the Founder and Director of Social Documentary Network (www.socialdocumentary.net) and the Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine (www.zekemagazine.com). He is also the former Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center. Ruga has produced three major documentary projects that each traveled to numerous locations across the United States. He served as a curator of the 2012 New York Photo Festival and has been a reviewer at FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Palm Springs Photo Festival, New England Portfolio Reviews, PDN Portfolio Reviews, and New England ASMP Reviews. His curated exhibits include Global Health in Focus (Photographic Resource Center, 2012); PRC in NYC (New York Photo Festival, 2012); On the Razor’s Edge: Between Documentary and Fine Art Photography (New York Photo Festival, 2012); Global Warning (555 Gallery, Boston, 2014); Rania Matar, Girls in Between and Nancy Grace Horton, Being 13 (Photographic Resource Center, 2012), and four exhibitions of work from the Social Documentary Network including Crisis and Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession (2010); Ten Years After 9/11: Searching for a 21st Century Landscape (2011); The Art of Documentary (2012); and Using the Power of Photography to Promote Global Awareness (2014).

For more information or questions about the class, email glenn@socialdocumentary.net


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Payment and Refund Policies

  • Enrollment is on first-come, first-served basis until capacity (10 students).
  • Class must have a minimum of five students enrolled. If minimum is not met, all tuitiion payments will be refunded.
  • $150 minimum payment is required to secure enrollment. Balance must be paid in full prior to the first meeting of class.
  • If student withdraws up to one week prior to the first meeting of class, student will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. If student withdraws less than one week prior to first meeting of class, or within 48 hours after the end of the first class, student will receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee. Refund requests must be made in writing.