12 sessions >> Thursdays, September 14 – December 7
No session November 23 due to Thanksgiving
7:30–10:30 pm, McMillan Conference Room, $530
Prerequisite: Students must have their own DSLR camera and have a basic understanding of camera operations. If you choose to use an SLR camera, please bring your scanned film to class.
Learn how to identify, create and exhibit a successful documentary photography/visual narrative project. Participants should have a loose idea for what they would like to explore visually during this course. Class time will be spent refining the idea, determining the approach and then crafting the body of work. Participants will learn how to present their projects effectively—as an exhibition, book, zine and/or multimedia piece shown in a gallery or online. The final class will be a portfolio review with guest photo editors and/or curators in attendance to critique the projects.
Judith Walgren is a photographic artist, photo editor, curator, writer and mentor. She is also the Editorial Director for the visual storytelling start-up, ViewFind, where she oversees a team of photo editors, writers and designers that help photographers build visual narratives for publication and for brands around the world. Walgren received her MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art in January 2016 where she began her exploration into the disruption of historic visual archives. From 2010 to 2015, she was the Director of Photography at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she managed a staff of visual content producers, photo editors and pre-press imagers for print and digital platforms. During her tenure at the Chronicle, her team won multiple Emmy Awards for their multimedia pieces and they earned Photo Editing Team of the Year from Best of Photojournalism. She has also worked for the Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News and the Dallas Morning News. Walgren received a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with a team from the Morning New for their series dealing with violent human rights against women. She lives in San Francisco.
Image courtesy of the artist
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.
Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more , a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]