Work with a master documentary photographer and explore the subtle art of forging a strong connection with your subject.

Stella JohnsonCompelling documentary work demands a photographer's strong connection with his or her subject. In this course, Stella teaches students how to make that connection and develop a personal style of shooting. She works individually with photographers to help them determine and define their interests and ideas.

The workshop begins with an historical look at photographic documentary traditions and major practitioners. Students research local story ideas and learn new technical and visual skills essential to telling that story. Each day is spent photographing an area, segment of culture, or a person, depending on each student's documentary interests. Stella meets privately and in small groups each day to review and research images. She shares her professional experiences working on stories in remote destinations and what it takes to develop the strong relationships necessary to work on long-term projects.

Students may work with traditional film or digitally. Workshops' staff process film each night, providing contact sheets and prints.

Transportation is highly recommended for this workshop.

Workshop  sponsored by:Leica link


Stella Johnson

Francie Bishop Good

The work of photographer Stella Johnson has spanned editorial assignments, corporate projects, documentaries and personal artistic expressions. Stella has worked extensively in both the U.S. and overseas with commissions from The Ford Foundation, EarthWatch Institute and Continental Airlines and assignments from Time, Fortune and US News and World Report.

Stella teaches at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and Boston University and was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Visual Arts at Northeastern University in 2006. She received two Fulbright Scholarships to Mexico in 2003-2004, and 2006, the former for photography and the latter for teaching.

Her work is showcased in her monograph, AL SOL: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, published by The University of Maine Press with exhibitions at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography and the University of Maine Museum of Art in 2008.

Her photographs have been collected in the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, The Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FLA, The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine, the girls’ club collection, Fort Lauderdale, FLA and private collections.

She is represented by Panopticon Gallery in Boston MA.




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Course Dates

Aug 2 to Aug 8



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