MIT OCW Documentary Photography Class — Intro

Sadly, the course at Santa Fe Community College was cancelled. The instructor is really good so I was pretty bummed. Inspired by my sweetie — she’s doing a DIY MFA — I decided to make or take a course any way. I found MIT’s OpenCourseWare.

From the About page:

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”
Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering

I’m about a month into “Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion” (Course 21W.749 as taught in Spring 2002). There is some photography, a semester-long documentary project, and a lot of reading and writing. I’ll miss having live lectures and discussions with other students but the course is well structured and the materials available for download are pretty comprehensive.

The first writing assignment is:

“Do Photographs Tell The Truth?”
Using On Photography as a taking off point, support or refute the argument that a photograph, which captures only a single instant in time, can never present an accurate, honest, representation of an event or situation.

Course link