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My House—Your House

THow does it feel to photograph and write about other people? How does it feel when someone photographs or writes about you? In this seminar we’ll use photography and writing to enhance our creative practice and extend our sense of empathy. First, we’ll consider the work of visual and literary artists like Tina Barney, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Seydou Keita, Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston, Shomei Tomatsu, William Faulkner, Henry David Thoreau, Zadie Smith, Nadine Gordimer, and Peter Carey. Then we’ll sharpen our powers of observation and deepen our thinking by looking more closely at the fabric of life that surrounds ourselves and each other, sharing the resulting photographs and writings. Participants will write about and photograph their dwelling places, or other features in their immediate vicinity. Then they’ll partner with a fellow course participant and photograph and write about the other’s home. Bring a digital camera, notebook, and open, enquiring mind to class.

Rhonda Klevansky is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and has an M.A. from Duke. She has written numerous magazine articles and a nonfiction children’s book. Her photographs have been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Chile. Her recent video documentaries include Welcome to My Paradise, about sand artists on the beaches of Durban, South Africa, and One Band Indivisible, about a marching band at a historically black high school in Durham. She combines writing, photography, and video to help nonprofit organizations tell their stories, and enjoys mentoring young media practitioners. She contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library.

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