Eating chapulines in a Oaxaca market or getting lost in the winding alleyways of Guanajuato or walking the colonial streets of Puebla or exploring the mangroves in La Manzanilla... this is the classroom. The Photography Department offers various workshops for intensive field work in Mexico with an emphasis on documentary practice.
Working with photographer and author Peter Goin, participants engage in a unique travel experience within an educational framework. Students create a book or portfolio of photographs focusing on themes such as a 'sense of place' by visiting unique and little known sites within and around the cities. The days are intense and students are submerged fully into the culture around them.
The goal of these workshops is to introduce, thereby significantly improving, the concept of transcultural visual practice. The focus on Mexico is a function of an International Activities Grant which details the importance and focus of Mexican photography within the History of Photography. The experience, in the visceral sense, of another culture is life-changing and exposes students to a variety of cultural approaches to understanding and using the visual language. These workshops offer an opportunity for students to practice their photographic skills while learning about the complexity of visual representation of the 'other.'