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SDN education

Welcome to SDN Education, an initiative of SDN offering educational opportunities for photographers interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of documentary photography. 

SDN Education
Winter/Spring 2021 Faculty (Clockwise): Brian Frank, Mary Beth Meehan, Ruddy Roye, Ed Kashi, Sarah Fretwell, Marissa Roth, Michael Snyder, Kathy Tarantola, Sarah Blesener, Glenn Ruga

 

Winter/Spring 2021 classes
Classes begin second week of February 2021.
All classes conducted via Zoom video conferencing. 

 


Intimacy & Trauma
A Visual Storytelling Workshop

Instructor: Ed Kashi
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 18, 2021
Course fee: $600 

Photo by Ed KashiHow do we prepare, as documentarians, to experience and absorb the trauma of others as an invariable part of doing this work? This workshop will be a mixture of the practical and the therapeutic by reckoning with the reality of our humanity being challenged by engaging in our work, the juggling of handling our own trauma and the trauma of others.
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Documentary Practice & Personal Project Development

Instructors: Brian Frank and Sarah Blesener
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Wednesdays beginning February 10, 2021
Course fee: $680 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration

Photo by Sarah BlesenerThis online course will explore many of the intricacies involved with creating visual documentary narratives and navigating the professional photojournalism landscape. The course will delve not only into personal project development but also documentary assignment work, daily news assignment work, pitching stories to editors, writing for grants and fellowships, building and maintaining professional relationships, ethics, representation, and avoiding visual stereotypes.
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DSLR Filmmaking Boot Camp

Instructors: Michael O. Snyder and Sarah Fretwell
Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Twelve classes taught over six consecutive weeks
Tuesday class taught by Michael Snyder. Thursday class taught by Sarah Fretwell
Class begins Tuesday, February 9, 2021 
Course fee: $950 
Two scholarship positions available

Michael SnyderDesigned for photographers who would like to make the leap from still to moving images, SDN’s DSLR Filmmaking Bootcamp is an intensive course that will teach you the essentials of documentary film production from start to finish. The course is team-taught by Michael O. Snyder and Sarah Fretwell, seasoned photographers, filmmakers, and colleagues at The Blue Earth Alliance. 
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Telling Stories that Matter
Documentary photography as a tool for environmental and social change

Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 11, 2021
Course fee: $600 
One scholarship position available

Photo by Michael SnyderDesigned for photographers who already have working knowledge of the fundamentals of photography and would like to gain a foothold in the field of documentary photography. Students will learn from Michael O. Snyder, who has worked on environmental and social justice projects in the Amazon, the Arctic, the Himalaya, East Africa, Scotland, Siberia, and his home in Appalachia.
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Graphic Design and InDesign for Photographers

Instructor: Glenn Ruga
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight consecutive Mondays starting February 15
Course fee: $600
One scholarship position available

This class will start with a two week foundation of InDesign so that students will have the tools necessary to focus on the next three weeks, which will be creative graphic design including typography, two dimensional design principals, and grid structures. The last three weeks will focus on advanced features of InDesign to prepare students for designing and producing a printed photography publication.
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Breaking and Remaking
The New Photographic Voice

Instructors: Ruddy Roye and Mary Beth Meehan
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight consecutive Mondays starting March 2, 2020
Course fee: $600 
One scholarship position available
Class is filled. No longer accepting enrollment.

Recognizing that documentary photography has, since its inception, been an essential tool used to define, describe, and often denigrate “The Other,” particularly with regard to African Americans and people of color on the national landscape, we believe it is time to deeply examine and reconstruct our practice.
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