This Documentary Photography module will start again on January 13th 2018.
Karijn Kakebeeke (1974) is a documentary photographer. She combines her own projects with work on assignment. Her topics are political in nature. She won the important BMW-Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography. From the jury report: “The Dutch photographer is pursuing her continuing interest in social issues through her photojournalistic, essayistic images. In this context, she captures pictures that stand as magnificent icons of our time.” Her work is published in magazines and newspapers in the Netherlands and abroad.
During the first class you will present earlier projects, and discuss with Karijn Kakebeeke what next project will be. In morning she will lecture all the students about photographers, different approaches, projects, etc. During the afternoons you will present your home made projects, make an assignment in Amsterdam and off course edit, edit and edit, to make your visual story stronger and researching what is still missing. Needed is always your new work, D-SLR camera and a bike.
Creating an impressive and consistent portfolio is a lot of work. You have to make decisions about content, combinations and presentation. ‘Kill your darlings’ is of course a term often used. Improving the quality of your photography is done by producing a lot of work, good and stimulating feedback and good editing. Building a good portfolio is taking your work one step further. It’s more then showing good pictures. How to unify all your images into one portfolio? Karijn Kakebeeke will help you, by giving inspiring feedback, based on years of professional experience.
Writing your Project proposal will help you to define yourself as a documentary photographer. What are your motives, what is your concept, how do you approach your photography? All very important questions you should be able to answer. Also will writing about your project help you to become more and more the photographer you want to be. Start your journey by analysing statements from other photographers and the guidance of our excellent teacher Karijn Kakebeeke.
Learn to talk about your work. Although photography is a visual medium, and the story should be told by the images shown, it is important that you can explain to others what your work is all about. How to express yourself? Improving your photography by getting feedback from teachers and your fellow students. Listen to their input and experience how different viewers with different cultural backgrounds see your images. Intended or unintended.
ABOUT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY (dutch)
In deze module leer je onder de bezielende leiding van Karijn Kakebeeke om verbaal beter te communiceren over je eigen fotografie en over fotografie in het algemeen. Het schrijven van jouw individuele fotografie project, helpt je tot nieuwe inzichten te komen. Door naar andere fotografen te kijken, leer je hoe hun werkwijze, concept en visie is en hoe dit tot uitdrukking komt in hun artist statement. Maar ook leer je in deze module documentair fotografie je eigen werk beter te analyseren en verder uit te breiden. Je leert seriematig werken en je fotografie te combineren in een portfolio. De keuzes die je daarbij moet maken zullen af en toe vallen onder de term ‘Kill your darlings’. Maar het presenteren van je werk en aan derden uitleggen waar je foto’s over gaan, wordt door het volgen van de module documentair fotografie een stuk makkelijker.
Naomi van Elsland
for the module Photographic Development II
(Second Year) as part of a serie portraits.
ISO 400 – 1/100 sec – F. 5.0 – 50mm f/1.4
natural light use