Instructor: Mary Beth Meehan
Monday - Friday
July 1 - 5
1pm - 4pm
This class is designed for students who are familiar with the technical aspects of photography and would like to strengthen their narrative skills – making photographs that tell stories. Using elements of the Cape environment and community, students will spend this week learning to make skillful use of content, composition, light, and mood to create a photo story of their own. Past projects have explored the Cape Cod Baseball League, the North Truro Youth Hostel, and the lives of seasonal workers in the Cape’s tourist industry. Students are free to tackle broad subjects, as well doing something as simple as revisiting the same Truro pond at different times of day to see what stories emerge. Work on projects will be done outside class in the mornings and evenings. Afternoon class time will be devoted to reviewing student work, discussing challenges and issues that arise, and analyzing the work of professional photographers for guidance and inspiration. Students will learn how to edit and sequence their photographs, as well as how to write solid captions and artist’s statements.
The class will culminate in an informal exhibition at which students, the people they’ve photographed, 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 focus on story development. Digital photography is strongly encouraged for the week’s work, as this will allow us to process and review daily progress. In advance of our first meeting, students are asked to do preliminary research, and arrive with three possible project ideas. An email will be sent to registrants in early Spring to provide students support in developing ideas and contacts.
Please bring a portfolio of up to twelve images of previous work, as we get to know one another during our first meeting.
Mary Beth Meehan is an independent photographer known for her community-based photography and large-scale installation work. Over the past twenty years, Meehan has focused on the question of visibility and social equity, embedding herself in communities across the United States, including in post-industrial New England, the American South, and in Silicon Valley, CA. Meehan lives in New England, and has held residencies at Stanford University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism and at the University of West Georgia. She has lectured and led workshops at the School of Visual Arts, New York, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in Boston. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.