WSP 218 — Photographing the "Big Game": The Art of the Photo Essay
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, PhotojournalistDavid 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:
(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)