Street and Documentary Photography

What is the Street and Documentary Photography module about?

Capturing the emotions of the street and documenting life are two of the most powerful forms of photography. In this module you will learn to craft captivating visual stories, utilise light and location to create impactful images that capture the spontaneity of street life and the depth of documentary work.

You will delve into the art of telling stories through images through hands-on assignments and feedback from an award-winning photographer.

By the end of the module you will be able to

  • Tell stories through images, by learning how to create & structure your photo story or essay
  • Consider the framework of your story or essay, from an historical, contextual & conceptual perspective
  • Capture the spontaneity of street life in your own artistic style
  • Edit your images to create coherence
  • Have an understanding of the cultural and legal scope of your work

What will it cover?

  • Analysing works by the top names in street & documentary photography, historical & contemporary
  • The photo essay formula
  • Framing, viewpoint & composition
  • Capturing street portraiture & street life
  • The ‘Decisive Moment’
  • Interacting with subjects
  • Ethics & legal rights
  • Choosing lenses & other equipment, and optimising camera set-ups
  • Editing your images to form a coherent series