Learn to analyze photographs and discover their deeper meaning with expert guidance from Michelle Bogre.

Jun 4, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $695
Workshop Duration: 24 hours over 8 sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-1pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 15

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jun 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 10am-1pm ET.

In 1964 Roland Barthes wrote: “Photography is a message without a code.” Even though we all take and/or see hundreds of photographs daily does not mean we can decode them.

 Learning how to decrypt the messages in photographs is key these days because photography has become the pulse of our culture and the most universal and versatile language of the 21st century. It also may be the most complex and varied visual discipline ever because photography is a paradox. It is multifaceted in its depth and breadth; it is object and idea; art and science; reality and representation; evidence and witness; truth and fiction; objective and subjective; self-initiated and indelibly socially connected; fixed and floating; important and frivolous, and because of that, it is the discipline most in need of explanation. 

Upon completion of this class, students will have a fuller understanding of photographs and photographic history, and they will have learned a methodology to decode and understand photographs beyond the superficial. The class will include weekly lectures, presentations, curated readings, and most importantly, class discussions, which are an essential part of the learning process. Previous experience in photography is not required.

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Instructor: Michelle Bogre

Michelle Bogre, Professor Emeritus, Parsons School of Design, is an educator, documentary photographer, copyright lawyer, co-founder of the UK based CRUX Research Network, and author of four books: The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century; Documentary Photography Reconsidered: History, Theory and Practice Photography; Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century; and Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change (the second edition will be coming out in late spring, 2024). She regularly writes about and speaks internationally on issues of copyright, and documentary photography. Her photographs and/or writings have been published in photography magazines, and books, including the Time-Life Annual Photography series, The Family of Women, Beauty Bound, The Design Dictionary (Birkhauser Press, 2008) and photographer Trey Ratcliffe’s monograph, Light Falls like Bits.