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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 Faculty
Fall 2021 Faculty (Clockwise): Ed Kashi, Sheila Pree Bright, Amber Bracken, Michelle Bogre, Salwan Georges, Glenn Ruga, Michael O. Snyder. 

 

Fall 2021 classes
Classes begin third week of September 2021.
All classes conducted via Zoom video conferencing. 
Information on scholarships.

 


Telling Stories with Intimacy
A Documentary Workshop

Instructor: Ed Kashi
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning September 23, 2021
Course fee: $600 / 20%  deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Ed KashiHow do we prepare, as documentarians, to achieve intimacy in our work? And how do we prepare to experience and absorb the inevitable trauma of others? This workshop will be a mixture of the practical and the philosophical. In this 8+ week workshop, Ed will share work and ideas that address these central elements of doing impactful visual storytelling, while also reviewing the creative output of the participants in the safe, supportive and open environment that is emblematic of how Ed approaches his workshops.
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Planet on the Brink
Documenting the climate crisis and global environmental change

Instructors: Michael O. Snyder
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 28, 2021
Course fee: $600 / 20%  deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Michael O. SnyderPlanet on the Brink is a course for photographers who are passionate about documenting our changing planet during these unprecedented times. The course is designed for photographers who already have working knowledge of the fundamentals of photography and would like to deepen their practice of documentary photography as a tool for environmental storytelling.
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Photographic History: The Last 100 Years
Culture, Ideology and Memory

Instructors: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 28, 2021
Course fee: $400 / 20%  deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Walker EvansThis class will explore a global history of documentary photography from the 1930s to the present with a focus on a thematic, rather than a chronological structure. We will look at how photographic approaches to similar subjects have changed throughout time and we will connect photo history to the social and political issues of the day.
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Re-Mix, Re-Build
A New Visual Literacy of Making and Reading Images

Instructor: Sheila Pree Bright
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 28, 2021
Course fee: $600/ 20% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Sheila Pree BrightAt this critical time in both the US and world, when social justice, inequality and representation are a concern at the highest levels of politics and media, photography can still provide a mediation of visual narratives to seek a common thread that connects the human condition.  Sheila’s interest  is how to promote a new visual literacy that respond to the challenges and opportunities when it comes to creating bodies of work for social change.
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Making Your Photographs Matter
Aesthetics, Meaning, and the Documentary Project

Instructor: Glenn Ruga
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesday beginning September 28, 2021
Course fee: $600 / 20% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Glenn RugaWhy do some documentary projects win awards, get published, and make a difference? This studio class will look at documentary work being done today and analyze the concept and structure of images to objectively understand what is behind a successful documentary project. The class will combine lecture, discussion of work of contemporary documentary photographers, and evaluating work of students projects as their work progresses based on an understanding gained from both lectures and criticism from classmates and instructor.
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Producing Impactful Photojournalism

Instructor: Salwan Georges
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Mondays beginning September 27, 2021
Course fee: $600 / 20% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Salwan GeorgesImpactful 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.
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Recruiting Art in the Service of Real Life Stories

Instructor: Amber Bracken
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Wednesdays beginning September 29, 2021

Course fee: $600 / 20% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Amber BrackenIf you change your story, you change your world. Our Stories informs how we understand ourselves, the world around us, and the choices we make — but not all stories get the same consideration. By recognizing the power in your documentary work, and critically engaging with the who, what and how of our storytelling, we can push back against compassion fatigue, and ensure we are worthy stewards of people's stories. We can and should be relentless in our pursuit of beauty, it is necessary in a 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.
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Funded!
A workshop on how to find funding for your documentary project

Instructors: Michael O. Snyder
2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Three Wednesdays beginning September 29, 2021
Course fee: $185

Photo by Michael SnyderFunding. It’s perhaps the single biggest hurdle that many documentary photographers face.  This three-day workshop will demystify the world of funding and provide you with the tools, knowledge, and examples that you need to get your project supported and get your story told.
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Copyright for Photographers
What You Need to Know

Instructors: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Four Thursdays beginning September 30, 2021
Course fee: $250

Photo by Michael SnyderThis class will provide photographers with an overview of some of the key practical and legal issues surrounding copyright in the 21st Century. It will sensitize students to some of the issues they will face in their efforts to sell, distribute, protect, use or defend their creative works and products. The course will cover aspects of copyright that photographers must know, including copyright registration, and it will review “work for hire” agreements and issues specific to posting work on line.
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