Photographing the Human Condition

Overcome issues and challenges when working with humanistic stories to produce a visually stunning and evocative photo essay.

Dominic ChavezThis workshop explores the photo essay as a voice for telling stories of people and their personal conditions. Students work on a documentary project throughout the week, applying Dominic's instruction to the issues and challenges photographers encounter when working with humanistic stories.

Practical points discussed include gaining access to a story, learning how to operate in sensitive situations, editing in mid-story, and completing an evocative photo essay. More importantly, the course is an exploration of the photographer's true interest in photography and connection with storytelling using the camera as a medium.

Students are encouraged to have their own transportation and to research story ideas before arriving in Maine. Also, Students are required to work digitally and a laptop is required for image processing and editing.

Instructors

Dominic Chavez

© Dominic ChavezThroughout his twenty-one year career, Boston-based photographer Dominic Chavez has traveled the globe documenting some of the most challenging of human conditions. Chavez demonstrates an exceptional ability to reveal elements of beauty amidst grim circumstances through his compassionate manner and technical expertise. His work portrays the depth of the human spirit and straddles both photojournalism and fine art photography, shedding light on the complexity of issues encountered by people around the globe. Chavez has recorded the effects of war in Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Angola, the AIDS crisis facing the nations of Africa, and a wide variety of global health issues. His most recent project documents the lack of clean water in Sierra Leone and other locations throughout Africa. “The best way to tell a story as an artist is to combine your craft with the passion in your heart. It would be a crime to tell a story with only craft and no heart. It would also be a crime to tell a story with only heart and no craft.”

 

Dominic Chavez’s professional career includes positions at the Denver Post, the Boston Globe and is currently working as freelance photographer. His work has been nationally recognized with many awards including the Kaiser Family Foundations’ Media Fellowship as well as the Pictures of the Year competition. Chavez has produced eight books and his photographs have been shown internationally including exhibitions in Senegal, China, London and New York.