My House—Your House


How 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. We will also consider the writing and photography by others such as Roy DeCarava, Nan Goldin, Henry David Thoreau, William Faulkner, Martin Parr, Richard Billingham, Zanele Muholi, Shomei Tomatsu, Josef Sudek, and Karl Ove Knausgaard. 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. (12 hours/All Levels)

Rhonda Klevansky is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and has an MA from Duke. She has written numerous magazine articles and a nonfiction children’s book. Her photography collaboration with refugees in London, Fragments from Another Life, has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. 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. Klevansky 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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