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prague photojournalism maymester

Program Description

This Maymester offers a unique opportunity to photographers of all levels to apprentice with journalism professor Dennis Darling, while learning about the art, architecture, film and history of Prague and the Czech Republic. Students learn documentary photographic techniques and aesthetic principles, as well as gain practical work experience on location. During the classroom sessions, students’ photographs are analyzed and critiques offer direct feedback on content, storytelling, creativity and the technical aspects of the images. Although the images for class are made digitally, students may also shoot film-based images (digital cameras are available to students who require them). A number of field trips, guest lecturers and gallery visits are included in this program.

The ancient city of Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague has been a European intellectual capital since the 14th century and is lavishly beautiful in its architecture and layout. Often called a living textbook of 1,000 years of architecture, Prague was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. The city’s historic center is unparalleled in Europe. Within the city limits one can experience Romanesque rotundas from 900 A.D., Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches, and magnificent collections of Cubist and Art Nouveau structures. Although the photographs made for this course will not be primarily concerned with architecture, this superb amalgam of structures serves as a unique visual anchor to many of the activities students document photographically during the program.

Course

  • J 330J / J 395 | Advanced Photo Editing and Design. Meets major requirement and possible graduate requirement in Journalism.

Faculty Director

Dennis Darling

dennis darling

Dennis Darling is a professor of journalism in the College of Communication.  He has served on the advisory board of several photographic organizations as well as been editor of the Journal of Texas Photographic Society.  He has published two books of his work and has photographed and exhibited nationally and internationally. Darling's work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Fortune, Texas Monthly, and American Photo and Camera.  For the past seven years, Darling has led this Maymester program, where his work on Holocaust survivors will be on exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in the summer of 2014.

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Questions? Email: Dan Siefken.

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Study and Observation of the English Choral Tradition

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