Instructor: Mary Beth Meehan
August 7 - 10
8:30am - 12pm
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This class is designed for intermediate and advanced students who are comfortable with the technical aspects of photography, who are looking to strengthen their narrative and in-depth project work.
Students will be challenged to develop story ideas reflecting some aspect of life on Cape Cod, to enter into new environments, to negotiate access to subjects, and to develop a meaningful set of photographs. Morning class time will be devoted to analyzing the work of professional photographers, reviewing student work, and discussing challenges and issues that emerge. Afternoons and evenings will be spent with students in the field, working on their projects. The class will culminate in a Thursday evening screening and reception, at which students, their subjects, and the larger community can come together and enjoy the week’s work!
Class Requirements: Students are required to have a solid command of the technical aspects of photography, so that class work can be devoted to story development. In advance of our first meeting, students are asked to do some preliminary research and arrive with three possible project ideas that address the notion of Community on Cape Cod. Initial contact with possible subjects is recommended but not required. Please bring a portfolio of up to twelve images of previous work to show during our first meeting.
Mary Beth Meehan is a photographer, writer, and educator whose work has gained international recognition for its illumination of communities. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Meehan’s recent work combines documentary photography, portraiture, and large-scale public installation to ask communities to reflect on who they are, to raise questions about what divides us, and to inspire a curiosity and empathy that transcend economics, politics, culture, and race.
Meehan has been invited by journalism schools, art schools, and workshops to teach students to enter into communities, develop their own artistic vision, and create strong projects that are compelling, authentic, and revealing. Most recently she has held visiting professorships at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The University of Missouri School of Journalism and The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and has been invited to speak to students at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and the New School.