Documentary Strategies
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Photography
Course Number: PUPH 3546
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
  • Photography
  • Social Justice
This class explores documentary photography as a living practice to apply visual, conceptual and research skills within the documentary paradigm. Collaborative photographic projects are the major focus of this class. New York City is the laboratory for exploration. Students partner with students from other disciplines and organizations that focus on political, social, economic, human and civil rights issues. The outcome of each project is specific to the goals of the collaboration between the students and the partnering organization to provide material that can ultimately be used for multi-media projects, exhibitions, book projects, dissemination of information, change and/or advocacy. This class seeks to provide students' with skills to expand knowledge and experience in the practical application of conceptual ideas to explore, respond to, understand, critique and shape the natural, cultural, political or social landscape. Students also become familiar with research practices, project management, writing and interviewing. Audio, video and other media are encouraged. Class sessions include field trips, discussions, critiques, individual consultation, and presentations by professionals and guest critics. Additional exploration in literature, film and other visual and literary media will be individually assigned based on each student’s project.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors; others by permission of Photography program. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 2011 Sophomore Seminar 2


Open to Paris students.