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Spaces and Places


In spring 2018, Principles of Documentary students spent time thinking about photography and exhibition as forms of evidence-based storytelling.  The course invites students to learn about the theories, traditions, and practices of documentary storytelling in sound, photography, film, and exhibition.

Over the course of the semester, visits to the Tang Teaching Museum provided an opportunity to engage with photography in the museum collections as well in the exhibition "This Place," a study of Israel and the West Bank through the eyes of four leading photographers.

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From exercises to looking deeply and carefully at photographs as documents and works of art, to discussions with photographer Wendy Ewald, curator Rachel Seligman and collections registrar Jessica Lubniewski , students developed appreciation of the different forms of storytelling available from an individual image or series by an artist. In addition, they developed appreciation of the curator 's role in bringing together artists' visions while layering in the perspective of a museum or community and the physical (or digital) constraints of a venue.

Inspired by the exhibition, students created photo essays about a place or person. 

Then, each person's photo essay became part of a class digital collection on the theme "Spaces, Places."  

Finally, students drew inspiration from the collection to curate individual exhibitions of five to seven photographs.  These are their stories.

Click here to see students engaged with the exhibits.

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