This workshop is for photographers, filmmakers and health care professionals who wish to create or work with personal, moving images that explore the human side of medicine and the illness experience. We consider the emotional and ethical challenges of creating this kind of imagery with particular attention to HIPAA, the law and informed consent. We consider the relationships formed with people while working, and the special, technical aspects of bringing still and film cameras into this setting. We review and learn from work that has been done by others. Participants have the opportunity for week-long field placement alongside patients and health care professionals in local facilities. As a group, we discuss our ongoing projects and field experience, and can also share portfolios and life experiences. The emphasis is on respect for persons and institutions, as well as the quality and value of our work.
This is a unique opportunity for photographers, filmmakers and health care professionals to share skills, stories and interests in the Maine Media Workshop tradition.