Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Description for the BU Fall 2012 Photo Course: Experiencing Cuba

JO 502 A1 Experiencing Cuba
Taught by Essdras M. Suarez, Pulitzer Prize winning staff photojournalist with The Boston Globe

Enrollment is limited to twelve students.

The class will travel to Cuba to produce a text-and-photos documentary project. We estimate the cost of the trip to be $3,000. The trip has not yet been scheduled.

Students will learn and practice the rich tradition of street photography, the basis for contemporary photojournalism, locally in Boston and in Cuba, one of the most exotic locations in the western hemisphere. This course is designed to help student journalists overcome hesitancy to approach and photograph subjects while on assignment in a foreign environment. Visual journalists will learn to cope with the challenges of chronicling an evolving environment and culture by photographing people as they go about their daily lives.

Throughout the semester students will discuss and apply techniques used by documentary photographers to capture visually appealing images telling the story of a country and its people and be introduced to the history, traditions, and culture of Cuba. Students can expect to produce images worthy of their portfolio and display on campus and online. In addition, their work will be published in The Boston Globe Sunday Travel section and on accompanying an article documenting their experiences.

Applicants to the class must have taken at least one prerequisite from this list of courses: JO 250, JO 303, JO 305, JO 304, JO 351.

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