Students research, produce and develop visual and conceptual strategies for storytelling through intensive presentations, editing sessions, discussion and critique. Through group discussions and one-on-one critiques, students focus on a variety of important topics, including: research and/or production of a long-term project; editing and sequencing of existing material; writing a statement about the work; and envisioning future forms for the project from publication to exhibition. Special attention is given to establishing partnerships for funding and disseminating the work. In addition, attention to the specific projects is balanced by conversations about professional practice and the broader industry.
Students learn through presentations, discussions, critiques and editing of work.
Instructors review historical and contemporary work, critique each student’s project as a group, and develop a specific plan for the future of each project. Attention to the specific projects is balanced by conversations about professional practice and the broader industry, building careers and the promotion and publishing of work.
Whitney Johnson is the Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic. Prior to joining the magazine, she was the Director of Photography at The New Yorker where her work was widely recognized, earning awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors, Awards of Excellence from the Society of Publication Designers, and a Peabody.
Diana Markosian is an Armenian-American artist whose images explore the relationship between memory and place. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has since taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world, where she has produced both personal and editorial work. Her images can be found in publications like National Geographic, The New Yorker and The New York Times. In 2016, she became a Magnum nominee.