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Photography and Human Rights 2014

Photo by 2011 Human Rights student Taslima Akhter. Savar Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24th April 2013The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Magnum Foundation present summer programming in Photography and Human Rights, founded in 2009 by Professor and Associate Chair Fred Ritchin of the Department and Susan Meiselas of the Foundation.

The five-week program is aimed at intermediate and advanced students, including experienced professionals. It is comprised of three courses and is designed to enable students to investigate strategies for creating effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights. Students will explore multimedia and traditional presentation approaches for their photographic essays, which they will develop through two studio courses, and create a narrative on a human rights issue in New York. A lecture course will provide participants with an opportunity to look at photography's strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for impact as both society and technology evolve. There also will be guest speakers from the fields of photojournalism, law, and media invited to speak to students in the program.

Students in the past have come from China, India, Ecuador, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, Moldova, Slovenia, Kenya, the United States, as well as other countries. They have pursued documentary projects on homelessness, LGBT issues, immigration, disabilities, gender, urban issues, and the environment, among others. For projects completed by last summer’s students, please visit the exhibition web page.

Courses can be taken for either graduate or undergraduate credit or non-credit. Lab fees still apply.

Questions? Check out the FAQs.

PROGRAM DATES
Tuesday, May 27th - Thursday, June 26th, 2014

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

THE PICTURE ESSAY FOR PAPER AND PIXEL (2 credit lecture)
DIRECTED PROJECTS: THE DOCUMENTARY ESSAY (2 credit studio)
DIRECTED PROJECTS: PRESENTATION STRATEGIES (2 credit studio)

Courses are held at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging at 721 Broadway on the 8th floor.

FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES
Ed Kashi
Elizabeth Kilroy
Susan Meiselas
Fred Ritchin

TUITION AND FEES
Tuition costs are calculated by credit. The Photography and Human Rights Program consists of three two-credit classes. There is also an additional lab fee of $186 for each of the two studio courses. The NYU Office of the Bursar has information regarding tuition and fees available on its website.

HOUSING AND MEALS PLANS

Students have the option to live on campus. Once you are admitted, you will receive information on how to apply for housing via email. Students who choose to live on campus must sign up for a meal plan with 8 or more meals per week. To learn more about housing and meal plans, visit the Summer Housing web page.

HOW TO APPLY

Applying to the Photography and Human Rights Program is a multi-step process. Please be sure to read all instructions carefully.

Click here for the application form.



Photo by 2011 Human Rights student Taslima Akhter. Savar Dhaka, Bangladesh. 24th April 2013.
Named one of the 10 Top Photos of 2013 by TIME Lightbox:

“In late April, activist and photographer Taslima Akhter made the single most haunting photograph of the fire that killed more than 1000 in a Bangladeshi garment factory: a final embrace. Although she has spent months trying to learn the names of the victims shown in that unsettling, moving picture, Akhter has been unable to identify them.”
Read more: TIME Picks the Best Photos of 2013: Bangladesh, Syria, and More - LightBox