Recruiting Art in Service of Real Life Stories
Learn from an award-winning photojournalist how to take control of the stories you tell with your camera
"The class with Amber has been absolutely excellent. Amber is a wonderful teacher — we honestly all adore her and respect her to the hilt —and she is of course an exemplary photojournalist."
—Student in fall 2021 program
Instructor: Amber Bracken
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 17, 2022
Prerequisite: At least intermediate experience with the use of digital camera equipment.
Course fee: $650
Limited to eleven students
Sabina Dennis stands her ground as police dismantle the barricade to enforce the injunction filed by Coastal Gaslink Pipeline at the Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston, British Columbia on Monday, January 7, 2019. Photo by Amber Bracken for The New York Times.
Our stories inform how we understand ourselves, the world around us, the choices and the photographs we make. By changing your story you can also begin to change the world.
Learn from experienced and award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken how to recognize the power in your documentary work. By critically engaging with the who, what and how of your storytelling, you can push back against compassion fatigue, and ensure we are worthy stewards of people's stories. We can and should be relentless in our pursuit of beauty — it is necessary in our fraught world — but in documentary photography aesthetics can never be allowed to interfere with truth. In this hands-on course, we will explore how to effectively recruit art in service of real life stories—and change the world.
A lifelong Albertan, Amber photographs primarily across western North America to represent the global issues in her own backyard. Her work explores intersections of race, environment, culture and colonization. She specializes in invested relationship based and historically contextualized storytelling that centres people in their own stories. Recent work has focused on intergenerational trauma in Cree youth, Wet'suwet'en reoccupation and land rights fights, the overrepresentation of un-housed Indigenous people displaced in their historic territories, and interrogating the impact of race in her own family. Select clients include National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Maclean's, ESPN, and The New York Times. Select recognition includes The World Press, The Marty Forscher Fellowship and an ICP Infinity Award.
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