Documentary Photography with Kate Schermerhorn

$240 May 7-June 4, Mondays 7-9 pm

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This class will explore and practice the entire photo essay process.  We will review the work of important documentary photographers, and discuss their various methods.  Then, starting with the basics, students will come up with a story idea and gain access their subjects.   After working together to determine the shots that are needed to tell a complete story, students will photograph their various subjects.  Afterwards they will return for a critique that will aid in identifying holes in the story, after which can be filled.    There will also be exploration of  potential outlets for publishing photo stories and instruction on how to access the right editors.    Upon completion of the class, students will have a finished photo essay and the basic knowledge of the next steps in publishing.  Pre-requisites for the class include Photo Essentials, Taking Control of Your Camera, or prior knowledge equivalent.

Documentary photographer Kate Schermerhorn's photos for her photo journalism class

Instructor Biography: Kate Schermerhorn is a documentary and fine art photographer as well as an Emmy-winning filmmaker.  Her photographic work has been widely published and exhibited, including in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Granta, The Independent and Time Out.  Her work has been shown at the Yossi Milo Gallery, Fifty One Fine Art and the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery. Kate is the author of Americas Idea of a Good Time (Dewi Lewis Publishing), a photography book looking at America’s pursuit of happiness.  The New Yorker said of her work, “Kate Schermerhorn brings genuine life to the show. In her small black-and-white prints nothing seems wasted, and nothing’s excessive.”  She studied photography with Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College. See more of her work at:

For questions or to register, call: 415-388-3569.