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SDN education

Welcome to SDN Education, an initiative of the Social Documentary Network offering classes taught by outstanding instructors for photographers and people interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of documentary photography. In addition to studio classes on the theory and practice of creating documentary projects, we are now offering lecture classes in photo history, working with galleries, and more. 

 

Spring 2022 classes
Classes begin second week of February 2022.
Classes conducted via Zoom video conferencing. 
Information on scholarships.

All fully-enrolled students with a US address will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to ZEKE magazine starting with the spring 2022 issue.


Planet on the Brink
Documenting the climate crisis and global environmental change

Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning February 8, 2022
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment. 
Course fee: $650 / 25% 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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A New Visual Literacy
How photography can seek a common thread that connects the human condition

Instructor: Sheila Pree Bright
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning February 15, 2022
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment. 
Course fee: $650 / 25% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Sheila Press BrightAt this critical time in both the U.S. 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 responds to the challenges and opportunities when it comes to creating bodies of work for social change. In this workshop, Sheila will discuss her approach to creating cohesive bodies of work sharing her insight and her thought process on her past and recent projects, exhibitions, and commissions, including her recent celebrated project, #1960Now.
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Photographic History: 1960 to the Present
Culture, Ideology and Memory

Instructor: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning February 15, 2022
    (There will be no class on March 22)
Course fee: $475 / 25%  deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Ed Kashi/VIIThis is a continuation of the Spring 2021 class: Photo History: Culture, Ideology and Memory.  All students – former and new – are welcome.   We will explore  a global history of documentary photography but use 1960 as our starting point. As in the Spring class, presentations will be thematic to allow us to consider how culture, time, place, and technology impact the making of photographs. This class also will emphasize theory to help us understand the multifaceted nature of the photograph as it shifts time and space. Photo by Ed Kashi/VII.
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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 Thursdays beginning February 17
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment. 

Course fee: $650 / 25% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Amber Bracken

Our stories inform how we understand ourselves, the world around us, the choices and the photographs we make. By changing your story you can also begin to change the world. Learn from experienced and award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken how to recognize the power in your documentary work.
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Introduction to Videography for Still Photographers

Instructor: Kate Way
4:00 – 6:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 17
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment. 

Course fee: $650 / 25% deposit to confirm registration

G is for Gun by Kate Way

This course will cover the fundamentals of using a DSLR or mirrorless camera for video. Participants should have an understanding of camera controls used in still photography (shutter speed, aperture, ISO), and should have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera for the course.  We will cover topics relating to both technical and creative aspects of video-making, including: camera settings, camera motion and stabilization, scene coverage and shot types, lighting, and capturing quality sound. We will focus on visual storytelling through the medium of video -- planning and storyboarding, shot selection, creating a narrative arc, and editing for meaning. 
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Art Gallery Representation for Photographers

Instructor: Steven DeWitt
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six Mondays beginning February 14, 2022
Course fee: $400 / 25% deposit to confirm registration

Photo by Michael Snyder

It can be rewarding and lucrative for documentary photographers to sell their work through an art gallery. However, art galleries are notoriously secretive and hard to get into. Finding a gallery with an experienced staff that is interested in representing your work and is a good fit can be daunting obstacles. In this course, photographer and veteran gallerist Steven DeWitt offers an unvarnished look into the elusive world of retail fine art. By sharing knowledge gained from a 20-year career as an art gallery professional, DeWitt is pulling back the curtain to reveal insider information that most gallery professionals keep close to the chest. If you’re considering selling your work through an art gallery, this course will cover topics related to finding art gallery representation.
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Funded!
A workshop on how to find funding for your documentary project

Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern via Zoom
Three Wednesdays beginning February 16, 2022
Course fee: $200

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

Instructor: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six Wednesdays beginning February 16, 2022
Course fee: $400 / 25% deposit to confirm registration

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 online.
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