Learn the art of storytelling through narrative photographs in a study of photojournalism as a practical, journalism-oriented venture.

Explore journalism through storytelling technique of photography. Students will develop a visual vocabulary through the study of photojournalists, examining how to tell impactful, effective news and features via the camera lens. Ultimately, students will seek to translate what they see and feel — whether using a professional DSLR or a smartphone camera — into photographs that express a narrative perspective.

Outcomes for this course include a deeper understanding of what makes images visually, artistically and historically significant. Additionally, students can expect to gain technical photography literacy, participate in diverse field exercises and explore methods, ethics and opportunities for journalism through photographs.

Technical know-how is not a class prerequisite. Instructors will accommodate students with a wide range of expertise, from those with a budding talent to those of more practiced levels of proficiency.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• This course if aimed at aspiring photographers — from novices to those with more experience — who want to hone their craft, learn about photojournalism and explore photography careers.

• Students will meet industry professionals who will discuss image-based journalism as well as give insight into the breadth of photography careers.

• Students will build a curated portfolio of edited images including one or more photo essays with the guidance and feedback of professionals in the field.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: National Museum of African American History & Culture, Audi Field, National Geographic Museum and Local neighborhoods for practical shoots. Students may also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times Washington Bureau.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Erin Schaff (Staff Photographer, The New York Times), Reggie Cunningham (Photographer) and David Gonzalez (Columnist and Co-editor, Lens Blog, The New York Times).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,225*

Dates: June 21 - July 3

Location: Washington, DC

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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