In the Footsteps of Walker Evans: Documentary Photography with Marissa Roth (Online Learning – Six Sessions))
Photo by Marissa Roth

In the Footsteps of Walker Evans: Documentary Photography with Marissa Roth (Online Learning – Six Sessions))

  • March 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • March 31, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • April 7, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • April 14, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • April 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • April 28, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online Learning Class via Zoom

In an effort to combat rural poverty in the mid 1930’s, the Farm Security Administration, (FSA) hired eleven photographers to document the drought and depression that were then gripping America. The program lasted from 1935 to 1944. Walker Evans was one of those photographers. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are “literate, authoritative, and transcendent”. Along with Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott and the other FSA photographers, his work became a benchmark for how documentary photography can capture and influence critical social commentary, while inspiring awareness and meaningful change. This ground-breaking project, in turn, also transformed the lives of all of these photographers.

This course delves into the rigors of undertaking a photo documentary project. Documentary photography requires knowledge of various photographic styles and techniques; photographing people, landscapes, and objects; using daylight and artificial lighting (both indoors and out); and image editing and sequencing. Much of the shooting time is done quickly, in real-life situations that are not controllable or perfectly static, requiring a high-level of technical knowledge about one’s camera and a willingness to adapt to and react to changing circumstances. In addition to artistic and technical concerns, it is also necessary to be rigorous and aware of the various ethical, social and psychological issues that must be taken into account when photographing in the field.

Topics that will be addressed in this class are:

  • How to shoot in a documentary style and choosing a subject.
  • Challenges and questions regarding working on a personal documentary project.
  • Editing and sequencing.

The first class will include a lecture on documentary photography and how to shoot in a documentary style, featuring the work of Walker Evans, Vivien Maier and Martin Parr. Each student will present the topic for their class project. In each subsequent class, there will be a presentation by the instructor and a weekly critique of student work, in addition to addressing issues pertaining to the project including technical and creative questions.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth(www.marissarothphotography.com) is a photojournalist, fine art and documentary photographer. Her editorial photo assignments for prestigious publications including The New York Times, have taken her around the world. She was part of the Los Angeles Times staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News, for its coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Roth’s global documentary project, One Person Crying: Women and War, which spans 35-years of her photography and addresses how women have been directly impacted by war and conflict is a travelling exhibition, with a forthcoming book.

Her published books include, Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Burning Heart: A Portrait of The Philippines; and The Crossing, a poetic photographic study of the Atlantic Ocean. Cantata: In Isolation, a photographic memoire about her pandemic experience, is also a forthcoming book.

Witness to Truth, a portrait project of Holocaust survivors commissioned by The Museum of Tolerance/Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, contains 104 of her photographs and is on permanent exhibition at the museum.

Roth’s work has been widely exhibited, and is in both public and private collections. In addition, she is a curator, lecturer and writer. She is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society in London, and is also an advisor and Chair of the Jury Committee for Earth Photo, a joint photography competition between the Royal Geographical Society and Forestry England
 
 
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at info@lacphoto.org.
 

Six Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, March 24 – April 28, 9 am – 12 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera
Tuition: $415

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This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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