Documenting Village Life: Oaxaca, Mexico 2017
This three-credit class is offered during the winter mini-semester.
You will be photographing families adjunct faculty Stella Johnson has known over 20-years in the villages of San Bartolo Coyotepec and Colonia Zapata, both about 10 kilometers outside of the city of Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
Large Format, Digital, Alt Pro and all forms of photography are welcome. Students from non-photography majors are also welcome; in the past design and global studies students have benefited from this trip.
We will be staying in the city of Oaxaca, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its incredible colonial architecture and cultural significance.
"This class has given me perspective on how others who live such a different life from us and value so many different things can still live an incredibly happy life"-Mike Bodall
"This trip was a beautiful opportunity, i wish I could go back."-Jodee Doka
"Documentary work takes a great deal of time and energy to do well. Stella Johnson's years of laying the foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico enabled us as photographers to experience an authentic documentary atmosphere and a real closeness to our subjects within only two weeks. Working in the field with a wide range of talented photographers, archiving a lifestyle from different angles, pushed us and our visual growth."-Jeremy Greerwww.jeremygreer.com
"This class has opened my eyes to ways of living that I had never come close to experiencing, and would never experience, without the aid of going on such a trip. By looking in a new way--photographically as well as culturally and globally--I have come away with an enhanced respect for the true simplicity of life. Being submerged in a slower pace of life for two weeks allowed me to document subtle moments and intimate interactions in a visually impacting way."-Allegra Hangen www.allegrahangen.com
-Allegra Hangen www.allegrahangen.com
"This trip was one of the single most influential experiences that contributed not only to my personal work but to the way in which I view the world around me. The time I spent in Mexico has made a lasting impact on my ability to view cultural experience and life itself as a work in progress."-Jess Hauserman
"Photographing in the villages of san bartolo helped me to understand the process of documentary photography as a relationship between photographer and subject, with the images as a secondary result."-Morgan Lacasse
"Mexico was an unforgettable experience and a wonderful opportunity. If I have the chance to do this trip again I would."-Megan Whitney