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WSP 218 — Photographing the "Big Game": The Art of the Photo Essay

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursday - Sunday
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: See below
Date(s): Nov 16—Nov 19
Drop Deadline: Nov 2
Unit: 1
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): David Burnett
Limit: 15
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Thursday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Friday and Saturday, November 17 and November 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, November 19, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fall
On-campus course
Thursday - Sunday
Date(s)
Nov 16—Nov 19
See below
Drop By
Nov 2
1 Unit
Fees
$675
Instructor(s):
David Burnett
Limit
15
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Thursday, November 16, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Friday and Saturday, November 17 and November 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, November 19, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Photographers are storytellers, and never more so than in great sports-related stories. Known as the “Big Game,” the Stanford versus UC Berkeley football game, first contested in 1892, is one of the oldest rivalries in college football. The Big Game isn’t just another football game. It brings with it more than a century of spectacle, emotion, and great opportunities for photographs. In this course, students will formulate a vision, and an approach, to tying together the various elements of the Big Game in a photo essay that will stand on its own.

Under the direction of photojournalist David Burnett, students will have the opportunity to photograph not only the Big Game action on the field, but also the culture of the game as well, focusing on the festivities leading up to the actual event. In class, students will review how to approach a major sporting event and explore the crucial elements of visually constructing a narrative. By the end of the course, the class will have edited and produced a group photo essay of the Big Game, drawing upon themes and assignments mapped out in class.

Students should have a knowledge of general photography and a strong interest in documentary photography. A digital camera, preferably a DSLR, is required.

Students attending this course can take public transportation to class, park in a lot with a parking permit machine, or purchase "Visitor Scratcher" permits at the P&TS office. Please visit: http://transportation.stanford.edu/parking_info/VisitorParking.shtml for more details.

Grade restriction: No letter grade.

David Burnett, Photojournalist

David Burnett has been a photojournalist for nearly fifty years, working mainly for Time, Life, ESPN The Magazine, Paris Match, and others in over 100 countries. He is a co-founder of Contact Press Images, a photojournalistic agency in New York. A veteran photojournalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine, Burnett was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Donald McCullin, Unreasonable Behaviour (ISBN B01N6IMYJG)
(Recommmended) David Douglas Duncan , Yankee Nomad (ISBN 0819580112)
(Recommended) John Morris, Get the Picture (ISBN 0679452583 )
(Recommended) Maitland A. Edey, Great Photographic Essays from Life Hardcover (ISBN 0821207423)