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MIT Offers Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Course for Free Online



It’s not unusual for colleges with large open-source programs to put out a number of courses free for the world to browse through online. In the past we’ve featured courses from both MIT and Stanford.

Today, we have a new course from MIT. Taught in the Spring semester of 2009, this course came a full two years later than the original MIT course we shared and is packed full of useful information for anybody interested in photojournalism.

Published through MIT’s Open Courseware project, Prof. B. D. Colen’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion course gives you a chance to benefit from a photography course given at the storied Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With syllabus, readings, assignments, image gallery and course material downloads available, the class has everything you need to walk yourself through the world of documentary photography and photojournalism one step at a time.


For those wondering how open-source classes like this work, for the most part, you must be both the teacher and the student. As you learn the material, you must constantly reference the syllabus to make sure you’re taking the course in the correct manner… those who have trouble self-motivating might have trouble.

Of course, if you only want to work on snippets of this course or use it as a rough guide for learning on your own, you’re welcome to do that, too.

Even if you don’t necessarily plan on using it, there’s no harm in sharing it with the world so those who prefer a less formal photography education can gain some valuable knowledge. Check it out for yourself and give the needed materials a download by clicking here.

(via Reddit)