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Documentary Photography

As documentarians, we are in the “point of view” business. How do we tell our stories with integrity, clarity and honesty? Where does personal vision come from and how do you tell a story with your unique point of view? What makes a story valid or worthy? What are the practical considerations and how do we keep a long-term project on track? This is a workshop about telling a story with pictures and having it bear your unique vision. We will explore personal style and vision, the elements of editing, the concept of process and how to solve the basic picture problem.

The goal of this workshop is to develop skills needed to become an effective photo documentarian. The course will generate complex questions for the serious photographer and provide a framework to fulfill future projects.  Weekly critique of the ongoing work is at the heart of this workshop.


Students in this class should already be comfortable with digital or film SLR camera operation.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Michael Hintlian

Michael Hintlian is a full-time documentary photographer based in Boston. His work has appeared in major U.S. dailies and international periodicals, and has been widely exhibited and collected. Hintlian received his B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University and his M.B.A. from Cornell University.  His photo-documentary of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston (the Big Dig) titled Digging:  The Workers of Boston’s Big Dig (Commonwealth Editions) was published in 2004.  He is currently at work on major projects in the United States and travels extensively.  Hintlian has served on the faculties of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design, New York.  Currently, he teaches Documentary Photography at New England School of Photography in Boston.  A challenging instructor, his students have gone on to win prestigious awards including participation in the Eddie Adams Workshop.  Michael is a photographer with a lifelong commitment to the medium.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.