Producing Impactful Photojournalism
Instructor: Salwan Georges
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Mondays beginning October 4, 2021
Course fee: $600
Limited to eleven students
Photo by Salwan Georges. People wait to say a final goodbye as the casket of George Floyd leaves after a memorial service at Minneapolis North Central University on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.
Impactful photojournalism is often created in sensitive, dangerous, and challenging working environments. Students in this class will learn what it takes to produce images in a variety of circumstances. Topics in this course will include how to work and move in intimate settings, how to be sensitive and keep your subjects safe, how to research and identify visual stories, how to choose the right equipment for certain assignments, editing techniques, how to practice ethics in the field, safety tips, how to collect additional materials in the field and how to approach photo editors to publish your work. The class will also teach students how to balance the needs of media such as newspapers with independent documentary work. The class will include presentations and group discussions on a variety of important and current topics in the industry. Students will be tasked with finding a story in their own backyard and developing a visual body of work that could lead to a long-term project.
Salwan Georges is an Iraqi-American Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, he was a staff photographer and videographer at the Detroit Free Press. He studied journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 2020, Georges was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as part of a staff entry from The Washington Post covering climate change around the world and was awarded, a team finalist for Public Service, covering America’s deadly opioid epidemic. In 2021, Georges was named Photographer of The Year by Pictures of the Year International for covering a racial reckoning in Minneapolis, an unforgettable election across the U.S., and a deadly pandemic. Georges's work has been published and exhibited worldwide. His work on the Middle Eastern communities in the United States has been exhibited at the Arab American National Museum and has been added to a collection at the Library of Congress in D.C.
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