Capturing our World: The Documentary Tradition in Photography

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 10/22/2024
Ending: 12/10/2024
Period of Day: Period 1 Zoom
Time: 9:30 - 11:00
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

Who are we?  How do we live in this world?  Documentary photography has been an essential tool for storytelling since the invention of the camera.  It’s a form of visual art that captures real-life — the everyday and the extraordinary situations — providing a glimpse into the lives of people and cultures around the world.  This 6-week course will take a deep dive into each of four genres of documentary photography: photojournalism, social documentary photography, street photography, and environmental/conservation photography.  Each session will be a combination of striking visual presentation with accompanying informal lecture, interspersed with lively interaction as we together look closely and analyze individual photographs. For LLAIC members in my previous courses, I plan to focus on photographers that we have not explored in previous classes.  I look forward to sharing this dynamic, illuminating, and meaningful odyssey with you!

In terms of pre-class preparation, we will be learning from a variety of videos and readings that will add context to our class sessions and require about 1-2 hours of your time per class.  Each preparation will also include a Close Looking document with images of some of the photographs that we will be looking at that week, along with some questions for consideration and close-looking.

The course will require desktop (preferably) or laptop computers with as large a viewing screen as possible, so that the images and their details will really stand out for you.  You will not be able to view the many images during class closely enough on an iPad or other tablets.

Please note that the last class will be on December 10, during the make-up week.

Books and Other Resources:

I will provide reading and video links directly to class participants via email.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Ivy Cubell

I am passionate about art and history and making connections between the two in dynamic and thought-provoking ways.  As a Gallery Instructor since 2002 at MFA Boston, I lead specially themed tours through the various collections and special exhibitions, develop tours and training curricula for MFA docents, and lead professional development teacher workshops for schools throughout New England.  In addition to my degree in Art History from University of Michigan and Columbia University, I hold an MSW and a JD from Boston University.  I have taught Photography and Painting: A Sibling Rivalry in Focus for two semesters at LLAIC; have taught Women and Art: Ancient to Modern for 2 semesters at LLAIC; have taught Visual Analysis: The Art of Seeing Art for 2 semesters at LLAIC; and have shared four LLAIC LOVES ART presentations over the several years.