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This seminar will focus on the use of a mobile phone in taking photos, video, notes, sketches and audio recordings during a documentary project. Michael will use his book Libyan Sugar, which contains photographs made solely with a phone camera, as well as accompanying video/audio installations to guide students in creating projects that allow for maximum project immersion, allowing a photographer to focus solely on the subject without the limitations of equipment and technique. This course is taught in a seminar format, with both participants and Michael in an equally weighted extended discussion as to the practical use and possibilities of the mobile phone during reportage. Participants are thus encouraged to present projects of other works and their methodology.

Mornings are spent in review and critique of the previous day’s work though students are given the option to utilize the week to focus on dialogue, as Michael will ensure each participant receives sufficient one on one feedback throughout the week.

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Instructor: Michael Christopher Brown

Michael became known for his documentation of the 2011 Libyan Civil War and the resulting monograph, Libyan Sugar (2016), which won the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First Photo-book award and the 2017 International Center of Photography Infinity Artist Book award. Yo Soy Fidel (2018), his book documenting Cubans observing Fidel Castro’s 2016 funeral procession, was exhibited during the 2018 Recontres d’Arles. He is currently working on a third monograph, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is also writing a memoir of the years 2009-2019, a transformative period while living between Asia, Africa and the Americas. As a contributing photographer at National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time and others, his commercial clients include Chopard, Land Rover, Nike, Sony, Amnesty, HBO and Al-Jazeera.