Find stories and create visual pieces with social conscience.
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Documentary photography has spurred social change, educated the public, and encouraged photographers to understand the world around them. Curiosity, empathy, and an open ear are all key components to a working successfully in the documentary field.
During this two week course young artists will learn the process of documentary photography and make compelling pictures of intriguing people and places. Students will find stories and deeply investigate local subject matter in Midcoast Maine, creating photographs that tell a truth. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, find answers, and create their own voice through photographs.
Through photography outings, technical demonstrations, and lectures, young artists will master the mechanics of photography. Prompt based photography assignments will help grow project ideas and foster curiosity. Young artists will complete the course with the understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop software. A digital and print photography portfolio will be created, which will be useful for college admissions and photography job searches. Young artists will learn how to develop an audience for their photographs and how their pictures can fit into today’s visual culture. Contemporary ethical issues and visual culture in social media will also inform the way young artists share and create photographs.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
We recommend students have access to $75/week for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.
Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.
Tuition Note: includes room and board
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
Header image credit ©Daniel Kraus
Instructor: Daniel Kraus
Daniel Seth Kraus‘s work blends historical research with photographic practice to deepen our understanding of people and places. Currently his research investigates the intersection of faith and work in the American South. He earned a MFA in photography at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and also holds a BFA and BA from the University of North Florida. His work has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including Fraction, SeeSaw, Oxford American, and Aint-Bad.