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

Compelling 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.

Transportation is highly recommended for this workshop.

Prior Student work: View on Facebook  or on Stella's website

Instructors

Stella Johnson

Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach in Mexico in 2006. Her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua, was published by the University of Maine Press in 2008. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally.

A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others. 

Follow Stella on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/stellajohnson 

Image courtesy of © Francie Bishop Good

 

                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Course Dates

Aug 20 to Aug 26

Tuition

$1175

Class Size

14