Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.
When we hear that 300,000 people have died in an earthquake in Haiti, or that over a million Rohingya refugees are displaced in Bangladesh, it can simply be too much for our minds to comprehend. Yet that doesn’t deter us from wanting to engage and help out. As photographers we often ask the question, how do we create images that make people care?
Humanitarian documentary photographer Alison Wright has spent a career finding compassion and hope in a world of chaos, and in this three-week online workshop she helps you explore the connection of the universal human spirit and express it through documentary imagery. Fully immersing ourselves in this process requires a dance of vulnerability, and the first step is learning how to build relationships based on dignity and respect.
During stimulating lectures, assignments, and image reviews, we discover the art of creating intimate yet compelling images using light, composition, approach, and emotion to enhance our storytelling techniques. This is an opportunity to find and create photos for social change within your own community.
Alison guides you in uncovering a compelling documentary story that is of interest within your community. The world has historically been affected by recent health, economic and political ramifications, and now is an opportune time to discover and explore creating social change through your photography. Possible stories include following a family and see how they are being impacted by the pandemic and its economic fallout; or documenting essential workers, educational institutions, food banks, and local protests.
Break out your camera and engage your heart as you create visual stories that give voice to the experiences of others under the watchful eye of Alison and the support and encouragement from the other photographers in this online adventure.
All camera formats are welcome. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Class will meet 9:30-11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting March 8 and ending March 25 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
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Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.
Please Note: During the online registration process you will be asked about housing and meals. Answer no to both questions.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Alison Wright’s work as a documentary photographer has taken her all over the world. Her photography is represented by the National Geographic Collection and has been published in magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands, and Smithsonian. Named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Alison has won the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She has published ten books, the latest of which is Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit, and established Faces of Hope, a nonprofit supporting women and children’s rights globally.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.