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BDBA 1820A - Photography as a tool for social change

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Anglais niveau 3/B2 obligatoire. Basic working knowledge of a digital camera. Il est possible d'emprunter un appareil photo au service audiovisuel de Sciences Po. Toutes les informations à ce sujet vous seront adressées avant le 1er cours.

Course Description

In this course, “Photography as a tool for social change” students will probe and analyze how photography can shake society from indifference to induce social action. The importance of developing a photographic vision will be studied and critiqued in the following categories: Observation: (reportage) locating the subject matter, creating a workable psychological, physical distance, Contact: establishing a presence, making contact with the subject, taking creative control, Engagement: creating a dialogue or collaboration with the subject, including them in the work, Direct intervention of the photographer, Appropriation and aesthetics in contemporary photography bringing awareness to or changing public opinion. Each course will culminate in a weekly shooting objective, directly related to the days session. Throughout the course students will engage with contemporary social issues (i.e. homelessness, adolescence, urbanization/gentrification of Paris, sex industry, wealth gap, etc...), learn to “read” a photograph, to analyze subjects through aesthetic photographic practices. A collective project in the form of a book will be one of the key objectives of this course. Specific readings will be assigned.

Teachers

PANCER, Hally (Photographe)

Course validation

1. Class participation in discussions/debates, student motivation (absences, tardiness, general attitude) 2. Project proposal for a fantasy grass roots project: demonstrating written, analytical and structural skills. 3. Demonstrated ability to convey critical thought using the photographic medium to produce a final project. 4. Demonstrated ability to work in a collective, deliver and delegate responsibilities towards a common goal.

Required reading

  • Doing Documentary Work, Robert Coles (1997)
  • Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag (2003)
  • Photography and Society, Gisèle Freund (1974)
  • How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis (1890)
  • Photographs of Agony, John Berger (article)

Additional required reading

  • Hellhounds, Leon Litwack (from, Without Sanctuary, 2000)
  • Photographing Evil, Robert Adams, Why People Photograph, 1981)
  • Portraits and Dreams, Ben Lifson (1982)
  • The Killing Fields, Sara Colm with Choeung & Moeun Chhean Narriddh (1995)
  • Films (required viewing outside of class): War Photographer, Christian Frei (2001, Suisse)
  • Born into Brothels, Zana Briski & Ross Kaufman (2005, USA)
  • THIN, Lauren Greenfield (2006, USA)
  • Streetwise, Martin Bell, Mary Ellen Mark (1984, USA)
  • films (required viewing outside of class):
  • War Photographer, Christian Frei (2001 - Suisse)
  • Born into Brothels, Zana Briski & Ross Kaufman (2005 - USA)
  • THIN, Lauren Greenfield (2006 - USA)
  • Streetwise, Martin Bell, Mary Ellen Mark (1984 - USA)