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Photo­journalism

Description

J210 News Photography and J213 Advanced Documentary Photography are taught every semester, along with a workshop-oriented class that gives students practical experience shooting and and composing photo essays. These courses are integrated with reporting and writing courses, allowing collaboration on reporting assignments and publications. In the advanced course, students gain experience working on an in-depth visual storytelling project, and focus on developing a personal style. The advanced class creates intensive in-depth documentary projects. Students also edit, design and publish the Center for Photography's annual student magazine, "realeyes."

"Studying photography at the J-School goes deeper than getting to know your way around a camera. We explored the role of documentary photography and its relevance in today's intensely competitive photo environment. We learned how to look after the business side too, including the costs of doing business, grants, copyright and most importantly, making contacts, which is critically important to a professional photographer. But making great photographs is also about passion. There is ample room at the J-School to exercise that creative drive—and not just in photo classes. Taking reporting classes as a photographer and learning to report and tell stories visually proved to be immensely valuable and fun." 
—Mark Murrman, MJ 2004, freelance photojournalist

Students can use an array of 35 mm camera lenses and medium format equipment provided by the J-School.

Each year, students also have the opportunity to meet and work with master photographers. Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Paul Fusco, Catherine Leroy, Antonion Kratochvil and Marc Riboud have visited the J-School, conducted workshops and participated in public lectures and/or exhibited at our Center for Photography gallery.

 

The Center for Photography

The Center for Photography aims at highlighting the important role of journalistic photography in our culture. It has become a Bay Area destination for top photographers and aspiring photojournalists. Since it was created in 1996, the Center for Photography has offered hands-on photojournalism classes to train students in photojournalism and documentary photography; opened a first-class gallery to exhibit important photographic images by world-class photographers; hosted a series of public events that brought distinguished photojournalists such as Marc Riboud and Sebastião Salgado to Berkeley; and produced an annual publication to showcase the work of various photographers. The Susie Tompkins-Buell Foundation supports the center.

Courses

  J210 Introduction to Photojournalism

Students will photograph a variety of events/stories to acquire a sense of the range of realities a photographer might encounter on assignment. Students will examine technical aspects of photography — composition, editing and presentation — and will work on weekly assignments that include news, features, sports and environmental portraits. They will also study the history of photojournalism to gain a greater appreciation of the canon. Each student will choose a documentary project as a final photo essay, which should exemplify the skills and concepts that were covered in class.

  J210 Introduction to Photojournalism

Students will photograph a variety of events/stories to acquire a sense of the range of realities a photographer might encounter on assignment. Students will examine technical aspects of photography — composition, editing and presentation — and will work on weekly assignments that include news, features, sports and environmental portraits. They will also study the history of photojournalism to gain a greater appreciation of the canon. Each student will choose a documentary project as a final photo essay, which should exemplify the skills and concepts that were covered in class.

  J213 Visual Storytelling: Advanced Documentary Projects-Blurb Book

Advanced Photography explores narratives as they are designed, produced, and consumed in various digital forms. Students will work throughout the term on one in-depth group photo documentary project in class and will produce a bound Blurb photo book. This course will focus on developing a personal photographic style, photo editing, sequencing and publication as well as concentrating on visual storytelling focused on a single subject.

  J298: Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

This class will survey the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, state public records laws, access to state and federal court records (with emphasis on understanding and opposing the sealing for court records) and emphasize the making of requests and obtaining access. We’ll also study major court decisions granting and limiting access, learn access tricks to records for which instant access is the norm, as well as explore the basic Constitutional access to court records.

Students will learn how to hunt down government information and how vet whether archived, third party information, is accurate and trustworthy. They will develop a document state of mind.

Classes will be split between lectures and work on a group project. No outside work will be assigned other than readings and occasional access maters that must be done during business hours. No papers will be required.

Students wishing to take a five week mini version of the class will receive full class lectures for the first five weeks of the semester with no group project.

Proposed class project: Use all available information to crack and dissect secret Delaware controlled by Donald J. Trump.   This will include examining, say, local and state records involving a Trump building project. Those records will include land use records, construction permits, liquor licenses, tax abatements, tax records, court records, OSHA records, and many, many more.

Instructors

Ken Light

Permanent Faculty

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