Among the elective courses to be offered this coming winter as part of the latest semester of Stanford in New York is “Off the iPhone and Into the World: Photojournalism in the City.” The title is a bit deceptive as students are allowed to use their camera phone. From the course description:
Over ten weeks, students will be introduced to New York through the world of documentary photography and photojournalism and will learn how to create a project that captures one of the city’s divergent neighborhoods using photography and audio on their smartphones. Through weekly photography assignments and field trips in the media industry, students will have the opportunity to explore New York beyond the tourist haunts and trendy areas, garnering an appreciation of the city, its people, its strengths, and its challenges. The assignments will be used toward the creation of a unique portrait of a local community, using images, oral histories, and other visual storytelling techniques.
The class also will feature talks by celebrated photographers and field trips to photography professionals in different parts of the city. Students will be required to write two response papers about an exhibition, publication, or long-form web project they encounter during their time in New York.
The photography course will be taught once again by Danielle Jackson, co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center. Stanford launched this New-York-semester pilot program in the fall of 2015. Along with media, the other focus of the 2016-17 SiNY session will be finance. A very impressive list of companies, for both tracks, is being put together for possible internships for students while here.
H/T: Stanford Daily