Dates: 09/09/2013 - 09/13/2013
Unlike creating images to sell a product, highlight a person, or show a building in a flattering light, documentary photography holds a mirror to the face of society itself. And the pictures aren't always pretty. For all the glory, accomplishment, and joy, there are equal parts war, hunger, political unrest, and poverty—all parts of the life experience which can't be ignored. The mission of the documentary photographer is to capture these stories in images and show them to the world. In this course, veteran professional documentarian and educator Lynn Hoffman-Brouse delivers a week full of insight and hands-on learning.
Throughout her career, Lynn has worked with a number of organizations, including the One Heart Tibet, IVUMed, YWCA, and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council. She begins the week by sharing stories from each to give a sense of what goes into creating a documentary project. With Lynn’s guidance, you brainstorm ideas and devise a strategy for your own project. You study the work of other photojournalists and discuss concerns documentary photographers face, including ethics, applying for grants, gaining access, and developing a portfolio. Field exercises allow you to gain real-world experience photographing people and locations, and may include street shooting, documenting a physical space, and creating a picture story of a classmate. Image critiques in the classroom help refine your eye. Daily journaling helps you identify your project's successes and ongoing challenges.
An added bonus to this course, William Albert Allard, a storied National Geographic photographer whose career spans five decades, visits the class to discuss publishing documentary stories, the impact words can add to photographs, and his approach to editing his own work. William's experiences are many, and hearing the stories behind his images will inspire you to seek out and tell your own.
September 9-13, 2013
Directions to RMSP
RMSP is located in downtown Missoula near the corner of Higgins Avenue and Main Street at 216 N. Higgins Avenue.
From Missoula International Airport:
Turn right as you leave the airport, onto W. Broadway Street toward Airway Boulevard. Turn left onto Airway Boulevard. Merge onto I-90 East. Take the Orange Street exit, Exit 104. Turn right onto Orange Street. At the second light, turn left onto W. Broadway. Proceed for three blocks and turn right onto Higgins Avenue. Our building is on the left side of the street.
From I-90 (From the East/West):
Take the Orange Street exit, Exit 104. Head south onto Orange Street. At the second light, turn left onto W. Broadway. Proceed for three blocks and turn right onto Higgins Avenue. Our building is on the left side of the street.
From US 93 (From South):
Proceed straight as US-93 turns into Brooks Street in Missoula. Continue through Missoula until Brooks intersects with Higgins Avenue at Hellgate High School. Turn left and follow Higgins Avenue a little over half a mile over the Higgins Street Bridge. Our building is on the right side of the street.
September 9-13, 2013
This course begins Monday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. and ends Friday, September 13 by 5:00 p.m. Your class will be held at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP)
216 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 543-0171 or (800) 394-7677
Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There is a convenient parking garage, Central Park, located less than one block west of the school at 128 West Main Street (www.ci.missoula.mt.us/parking). Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.
Visit our local hotels page for lodging options and special rates.
Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
Major car rental companies are located at the airport and in Missoula.
Travel During the Course
You are responsible for your own transportation during the course. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students. You will have an opportunity to set up carpooling for the week in your first class meeting.
Meals During the Course
You are responsible for your own meals during the course. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.
Any additional fees and/or supplies will be your responsibility.
Missoula Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Downtown Association
Lynn Hoffman-Brouse is a Salt Lake City-based photographer specializing in documentary portraiture and the photo essay. She is also an educator, teaching at Salt Lake Community College and as an artist-in-the-classroom for elementary and middle school students. Since 2005 Lynn has focused on working in the nonprofit sector, photographing at home and abroad with groups such as the YWCA, One Heart Tibet, IVUmed and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council; this work has been widely exhibited to help make the public aware of the work these groups do.
Who should attend Professional Studies courses?These courses are designed for skilled photographers who want a concentrated education in a particular field of photography, and an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professional photographers in that area of interest.
What are the entrance requirements for Professional Studies?Professional Studies courses are taught on an advanced level and will not cover basic photographic techniques. For this reason, you must be able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode. You must be competent in the areas of digital capture, image processing and management, and working with artificial lighting. SI graduates are accepted into any Professional Studies course upon submission of an application.
Should I take more than one Professional Studies course?Any Professional Studies course can stand alone, but most students take multiple Pro Studies courses. We’ve structured the courses to allow students to design his or her own individual curriculum from a variety of offerings. Four weeks of Professional Studies courses give students flexibility in setting up a personalized line-up. Please keep in mind that enrollment in all classes is strictly limited. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically fill early.
Do I need to be a Summer Intensive graduate to attend Professional Studies?Most Professional Studies students have graduated from Summer Intensive, while others have photographic training and experience that allows them to meet our entrance requirements. For applicants wanting to take Pro Studies courses without having completed SI, it is necessary to go through an additional application process. This process begins by an interested student applying for classes on our website. Please contact our office for more information.
How does Professional Studies differ from your workshops?Professional Studies courses are a totally different animal than our workshops. The course content, student population, and expectations differ tremendously from one to the other. The Professional Studies classes are designed for the professional level photography student who wants to make at least a part time income photographing. The content is directed toward giving the student as much information as possible in a short amount of time about how to operate professionally in a particular field. Students are on a more advanced level and they come with the expectation of strengthening their professional style and techniques. Critiques are more directed and focused on marketability.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until a course is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to the enrollment limit. Although classes typically fill very quickly, we will accept enrollment up to the start of class if space is available.
How many students are in the Professional Studies courses?In order to provide an excellent educational experience, we limit our enrollment to 16 students in each class.
Cancellation PolicyAll courses have a limited number of seats available. Enrollment, along with payment of appropriate deposit(s), reserves a seat in a course. Demand for course placement is high, due to limited enrollment. Withdrawal from a Career Training course is a serious matter. When a student accepts a position in a course, other students are denied that position. If a student withdraws after a course begins, another person cannot take his or her place. Payment of the deposit(s) for Pro Studies courses is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition balances are due 60 days before the course start date. Applications occurring after this date require full payment at the time of enrollment. If payment has not been paid by the deadline, the student will be dropped from that course for non-payment and the first student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. A student who has been dropped due to non-payment may apply again for the course if there is an available seat or he/she may ask to be placed on the waitlist. A student on a waitlist will be contacted via email or phone when an available seat opens up. The student will have until the close of the next business day to inform the RMSP office if he/she would like to take the spot. If the student does not respond in that timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant that cancels the Enrollment Agreement within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) after the Enrollment Agreement is accepted by the applicant.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant who is not accepted by the school.
- A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant in the event that educational services are discontinued by RMSP.
- For cancellations received in our office at least 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
- For cancellations received in our office 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less the $300 tuition deposit.
- For cancellations received in our office within 30 days prior to the start of the course, no tuition refund is due to the student.