This course will explore documentary photography as an evolving genre. Each student will explore a documentary project of his/her choice within a traditional paradigm or one that challenges the documentary style and methodology to portray the complexity of culture and the everyday. This can be achieved in a variety of ways using collaboration, self-portraiture, text-based imagery, traditional documentary models, constructed (or ?faux') realism. The aim is to explore how the photographer depicts both the social reality of the culture observed and our artistic response to it. Also, the course will examine the cultural and personal factors that influence a photographer's vision and perception. Class sessions will include discussions, critiques, individual consultation, and guest critics. Additional exploration in literature, film and other visual and literary media will be individually assigned based on each student's project. Reading, research, and writing in the form of a written diary, interviews, caption information, artist statement, and/or a written thesis is essential to this class. Collaborative projects with other photographers or students in other disciplines are possible.