going to school….

NYU’s Department of Photography & Imaging announces a new program in photography and human rights in partnership with the Magnum Foundation

The Department of Photography and Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has announced a new partnership with the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting documentary photography, to create a new certificate program in Photography and Human Rights. The new initiative, comprising four courses offered in two successive summers, is designed to explore strategies to create effective documentary projects linked with issues of human rights.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the Magnum Foundation to offer this important new program,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts. “The role of photography in the global struggle for basic human rights has never been more important than it is today. Experience demonstrates that one image can make all the difference. This program’s emphasis will be on the relevance of human rights law to documentary work, and how the photographer can develop projects that aid in the attainment of those basic rights.”

The program is aimed at intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals, who seek to hone their documentary and media skills in the context of human rights. Students will be taught to utilize a variety of media approaches while emphasizing new digital possibilities to create maximum social impact. Each course is four weeks in length and will be offered over two successive summers, beginning May 18, 2009. Students may choose to take the courses for credit or non credit.

Faculty for the program will include: Magnum photographers Susan Meiselas and Gilles Peress, digital media specialists Catherine Fallon and Elizabeth Kilroy, adjunct professor and human rights specialist Peter Lucas, and program director and associate chair of Photography & Imaging, Fred Ritchin, among others.

Concurrent with the program, the Magnum Foundation will organize lectures and film screenings on issues relating to documentary work and human rights that feature a variety of work, including projects by Magnum photographers.

For more information on this program, please visit http://photo.tisch.nyu.edu or call 212-998-1930. For more information about The Magnum Foundation, please visit http://www.magnumfoundation.org. To enroll in the course, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/summer/2009/summerny/enroll.html.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within a university, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts. The faculty and staff consist of artists, professional photographers, designers, critics, historians, and scholars working from a wide range of perspectives and media.

Launched in 2007, The Magnum Foundation works to bring over half a century of historical and iconic photography to the public and to encourage the work of a new generation of independent photographers.

111 Responses to “going to school….”


  • Mariana, because I AM STILL SPAM (o, i hate this)…here is my 2nd post for info for you :)))

    1. You can contact Lance via his website: http://www.rosenfieldphotography.com/

    2. Austin Center for photography is austincenterforphotograph (just add www. and end with .org)

    3. there ARE A LOT of great photographers in Austin….Lance, Dave, Kelly Lynn James, Erin Trieb, Matt Wright-Steel (founder/editor of Eleanor Magazine)

    4. ELEANOR MAGAZINE…like Burn, just started…created by Matt (great guy too and 1 guy to KNOW FOR AUSTIN!)

    5. BEST ADVICE; write an email to Matt Wright-Steel (website, wrightsteel.net) or Dave (email above) and contact Elenor magazine….SO SO MANY photographers in Austin…all great folk…

    cheers
    bob b

  • Mariana, because I AM STILL SPAM (o, i hate this)…here is my 2nd post for info for you :)))

    1. You can contact Lance via his website: http://www.rosenfieldphotography.com/

    2. Austin Center for photography is austincenterforphotograph (just add www. and end with .org)

    3. there ARE A LOT of great photographers in Austin….Lance, Dave, Kelly Lynn James, Erin Trieb, Matt Wright-Steel (founder/editor of Eleanor Magazine)

    4. ELEANOR MAGAZINE…like Burn, just started…created by Matt (great guy too and 1 guy to KNOW FOR AUSTIN!)

    5. BEST ADVICE; write an email to Matt Wright-Steel (website, wrightsteel.net) or Dave (email above) and contact Elenor magazine….SO SO MANY photographers in Austin…all great folk…

    cheers
    bob b

  • FUCK!….I CANT WRITE…this SPAM is KILLING ME!!!!….why why why am i still spam….

    Mariana: my 2nd comment (giving you information for more Austin people) is AWAITING MODERATION….

    bb

  • Mariana, because I AM STILL SPAM (o, i hate this)…here is my 2nd post for info for you :)))

    1. You can contact Lance via his website: http://www.rosenfieldphotography.com/

    2. Austin Center for photography is austincenterforphotograph (just add http://www. and end with .org)

    3. there ARE A LOT of great photographers in Austin….Lance, Dave, Kelly Lynn James, Erin Trieb, Matt Wright-Steel (founder/editor of Eleanor Magazine)

    4. ELEANOR MAGAZINE…like Burn, just started…created by Matt (great guy too and 1 guy to KNOW FOR AUSTIN!)

    5. BEST ADVICE; write an email to Matt Wright-Steel (website, wrightsteel.net) or Dave (email above) and contact Elenor magazine….SO SO MANY photographers in Austin…all great folk…

    cheers
    bob b

  • David/Anton:

    my last comment is in ‘MODERATION’…i’ve left Marianna more contact info for austin….but this spam filter willnot let me post again….

    ok, done for the weekend…

    b

  • why why why am i still spam
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    Bob, maybe you are too immoderate…. Law of Karma you know, cause and effect…… And now, using your wife’s good BURN standing to get around….. More karma…… :-)))))))))

  • Mr. Harvey,

    I dont really know what to say. It means a lot to me that you would be willing to take time out of your schedule and offer me a chance to talk with you over the phone, let alone offer your own apartment and time to mentoring students such as myself. That is not a quality that you will find in very many people.

    I guess what I am trying to say is thank you. Any opportunity to talk with you whether it be over the phone, in person, or other means, I am incredibly grateful for.

    Thank you so much,

    Jonathan

  • Also, thank you to everyone else for the supportive responses. It’s always a helpful feeling to know that your not alone and that your not entirely on the wrong path. haha.

    Really, thank you all.

  • DAH …
    ALL …

    well, maybe I should specify what I was about to write when I got interrupted after the word “networking” a while back.

    I am not sure if “networking” does have a bad sound to it or not. DAH’s questionmarks sure seem to point at such a possibility. But I did not mean it in a negative way at all.

    I admitt it was not my intention to just post this one word. Actually I was not aware of the fact that I posted it at all before I saw DAH’s response.

    As I said, my answer would have been going along with some others here, meaning, that if one’s intention as a photographer lies on the “human rights” path , then I am very sure this summercourses would be an excellent help. If you did separate workshops for all that is being offered in this one package, then it would surely end up much more expensive. Alone for the fact that you would probably have to travel all over the world to “find” worthy workshops. If at all.

    The other point was in fact about “networking”. While the photographer should be concentrating on the photographs, there is a whole lot of things that have to be done before you have a finished project, a hanging exhibition, a printed book out there. Before and after the act of taking photographs. Of course you can find all the information in the internet if you really know what you are looking for, but … Do we all know what we need before we have messed it up the first or second attempt to get it “good”?
    I would assume that a place like NYU, where you physically spent the summer with a lot of other interesting people and experts, where information and knowledge could be such a densly woven carpet, that this could really help enormously … And not just one way either. Everyone of us does have pieces of information important to others. Networking is a give&take.

    Thinking it this way I would even dare to state that the program at NYU is cheap. Yeah. Bearing in mind that I myself could not afford it right now.

    Actually I say this because I did witness the benefit of a similar situation once in the US. It did not have to do with photography but with theater, but that actually does not matter. I was staying shortly at a highschool in North Carolina and joined the drama class during that time. Some crazyness made us decide to perform “Cabaret”, and we had 6 weeks from the day of decision until the curtain call. 6 weeks! We only had afternoons & nights to work on it and needed a trained orchestra, to learn the songs (and I cannot sing – still cannot), come up with the set, the choreography, LEARN the dances, come up with the costumes, oh yeah, and there was some text to memorize too …. It was wild, crazy and probably the riskiest decision ever. But it not only worked out, it worked out PERFECTLY! Why? Because we had a great team! If one person would have had to work that all out by her- or himself it would have taken a year. But … it was … so much more than a group of individuals: it was the first time I witnessed a team-flow, and the stacks were high. I have never seen this again, but it taught me something about getting a lot of people together who are not necessarily good in doing the same things, but who are connected by a vision and a positive attitude (that is important!) despite the facts that all the odds were against us.

    It taught me something for life. And I will forever be grateful for that experience. I have seen it working. I know it works. But you have to be able to combine organisation with a realistic view on things. Yes, “realistic” is actually enough. 6 weeks were not impossible, as everybody outside the group was shouting, 6 weeks were only extremely short and therefore had to be well organised. And everybody had not only to do his/her own job but to keep an eye open on other people who might have a problem to solve.

    This team was extremely huge: 60 people. I think I will never need such a big team for anything again. But even though the “flow” is probably easier to reach the smaller the group (I think), I have only had it as an individual since then. And I am still looking for the team mates for whatever vision lies on my(our) paths. I think I would have a higher chance to find them in such places as the NYU program – and that is basically what I meant with “networking”. I personally do not use it in a negative sense but in a highly positive one. Sorry if I confused some people.

    BTW the same goes for the article that Panos was so kind to post for me while I had no internet connection. I read the reactions to it a while back! WHEW!!! Sorry for that, but that was not my intention at all to blow any negativity into the air. Common guys, why are you all photographers? Just because the sun shines? That cannot be!!! I do not believe it!!! Not after what I read here!!!!! So pleeeeeze …. Gimme a break, ok? :o))

    I read these kind of things in search of facts. The negativity of it does not reach me at all, so I did not really pay attention to it. But what interested me was the discussion about Copyrights and Stockimages, which in my oppinion was interesting, and … well … if markets really change in whatever field I am in, I am always interested in knowing it. Not to run away, but … maybe to run ahead? Just a thought. Even if an article is extremely negative, there might be some interesting thought in it. Just because something is negative I do not have to be. Just because I eat sweets, I do not have to be (sweet) :o)

    Sorry for the confusion though, sometimes I feel I do cause a lot of it here just because I usually do not take things that literally. I only noticed AFTER causing the mess and that is kind of annoying. If one comment calls for 10 more just to amend the damage caused (but not intended – NEVER intended) then maybe I should just be more of a lurker anyway. It is sooooooo much easier to talk, edit or discuss when you are sitting eye to eye … At least for me. And here I am again talking about the advantages of this new NYU program … :o))))

    If I change my path in the course of this year … I’d definitively try to apply there 2010.

    A big, big POSITIVE hug to everyone out there,
    Lassal

  • Dear David and All,

    Many THANKS for your great suggestions and contacts! I appreciate everyone’s time and feedback!

    Happy to be part of this forum!

    Mariana

  • Hi Mr. Harvey,

    Just wanted to check in again and see if we could still possibly talk over the phone, skype, or via email?

    I havnt heard from you in a few weeks, so I just wanted to give you another heads up.

    Thank you so much,

    Jonathan Fletcher Moore
    jmoore[at]fletchart.com

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