SDN education

Welcome to SDN Education, an initiative of the Social Documentary Network offering classes taught by outstanding instructors for photographers and people interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism. In addition to studio classes on the theory and practice of creating documentary projects, we are now offering lecture classes in photo history, discussion groups, and more. 

Spring 2023 Courses
In-person classes begin March 9, 2023.

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Risky Pictures Returns

Instructor: Donna Ferrato
6:30–9:00 pm Eastern 
Eight Thursdays Beginning March 9
Location: In-person in Manhattan
Level: Intermediate and above
Course fee: $900  (includes tuition and studio fee.) 

Photo by Donna Ferrato

Be prepared to take risks in this class. You will learn to make real stories of real people. Donna will challenge your perceptions because as she is fond of saying, “it is not safe to be behind the camera.” Class will start with sitting around Donna’s studio talking about photos—yours and others. Later in the class Donna will lead you through the streets of New York taking photos at night and in dark places. Students are encouraged to continue photographing on their own between classes and bring work in the following week to discuss. As Donna explains,  “The last four classes we go gonzo in the streets, where it's beyond dark. I'll take you places where you can keep going as long as you wish.”

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Strengthening Your Photographic Voice
A workshop on making aesthetic choices conscious rather than accidental

Instructor: Natalie Keyssar
Saturday, March 25: 9:30 am–5:00 pm ET
Sunday, March 26: 10:00 am–5:00 pm ET    
Location: In-person in Manhattan

Level: All levels are encouraged to enroll
Course fee: $600 (Includes tuition and studio fee)

Photo by Natalie Keyssar

In this in-person weekend workshop held in New York City, photographers will learn how develop and strengthen their personal voice and aesthetic in their documentary or editorial work. With a focus on editing existing portfolios and shooting new work, the workshop will discuss how different approaches to light, color, composition and other formal aspects within the frame both informs the message but also puts a powerful and personal stamp on the work.

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