Our Documentary Photography course endeavors to guide photographers towards developing a narrative for a story they wish to tell. On the course, you will unravel the techniques and approaches to documentary storytelling. You will be exposed to the work of other photographers and their process as well as debate important issues such as truth, objectivity, subjectivity, ethics as well as tips to navigating the industry of documentary photography.
10 classes over 8 weeks.
Exhibition participation and print thereof.
*LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
Session 1 | Introduction. What is documentary photography? A brief timeline on the genre.
Session 2 | Idea workshop and finding inspiration from the masters.
Session 3 | Unpacking the narrative
Session 4 | Presentations and feedback on ideas.
Session 5 | Process critique session 1 and film screening.
Session 6 | Process critique session 2 and film screening.
Session 7 | Process critique session 3 and film screening.
Session 8 | Guest Lecture critique session and discussion.
Session 9 | Final Process and critique session 4.
Session 10 | Making final selection of exhibition (Sequencing and rational).
Session 11 | Post-production and layout (Mapping out your exhibition).
Session 12 | Exhibition hanging.
“Gerhardt pushes you to jump right in and do whats needed. Although he pushes you out of your comfort zone, he always makes you feel that you are in a safe enough environment to experiment and learn, to enjoy this learning process as just “part of the process.”
“I have learnt that Documentary Photography is not only one thing, it could be contemporary, environmental, surreal or anything you want it to be. All you need is context and a story. ”
Gerhardt Coetzee (b. 1983, Pretoria) is a Cape Town based photographer and educator.
He holds a B-Tech degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Photography from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His work deals with the perpetual relationship between what has been and what will become in the context of South Africa, its landscape and its people.
Amongst his accolades, Coetzee has received two Sony Profoto Silver awards and two Sony Profoto Gold Awards for his Openspaces series. He was selected as an emerging creative at the Design Indaba Expo in 2009. He has received a merit award for the Sasol New Signatures competition in 2011, and his work is now part of the Sasol Permanent collection. Coetzee was also one of the ten finalists in the ABSA L’Atelier competition in 2011.