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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21W.749 (Spring 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate / Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Writing and Humanistic Studies 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. B. D. Colen
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21W.749 Documentary Photography and Photo Journalism: Still Images of A World In Motion

    Spring 2002

    Course Highlights

    This course covers many aspects of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism and features example student projects, and an extensive related resources section.

    Course Description

    Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of A World In Motion exposes students to the work of a number of great documentary photographers and photojournalists, as well as to writing about the documentary tradition. Students work throughout the term on a photo documentary project of their own, attempting to reduce a tiny area of the moving world to a set of still images that convey what the viewer needs to know about what they saw - without hearing the sounds, smelling the odors, experiencing what was happening outside the viewfinder, and without seeing the motion. Students also write papers about the subjects of their photo documentaries.

    Special Features


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