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Poetic Documentary Landscape

This NEW class supports photographers who seek to develop new and ongoing projects that investigate and explore landscape photography through a poetic documentary lens. This class focuses on the creative process in conversation with research, inspiration, and personal experience. A wide range of approaches and interpretations of poetic documentary landscape are encouraged. Projects concerning humans in the landscape are also welcome. 

The four weekly meetings are designed to help participants advance in their work and artistic process. Students will look at historical documentary landscape photography and artists working in the genre today. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to present new work and receive structured feedback from visiting instructors Morgain Bailey and Stella Kalinina. Students will leave the class inspired and with new tools for engaging deeply with place through their lens-based work.

Morgain Bailey is an artist-photographer from California who lives in rural Maine. Her work focuses on environmental portraiture, documentary landscape, and still-life. She is interested in investigative and research-based photography that looks deeper into our relationship with the land and our chosen homes.

Stella Kalinina is a Russian-Ukrainian American photographer based in Los Angeles working on contemplative stories about our connections to each other, our personal and communal histories, and the places we inhabit. She brings empathy, curiosity, and a collaborative approach to portrait-based stories that are firmly rooted in a sense of place. She seeks to imbue stories of people with dignity grounded in our shared humanity. Additionally, Kalinina teaches photography in Watts, Los Angeles, and has lectured at Las Fotos Project, ArtCenter College of Design, and The Armory Center for the Arts. She is a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design and the University of Pennsylvania and a member of Women Photograph and American Photographic Artists (APA).


Registration & Fees: $300
Members Enjoy 20% Off


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Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.




Class meets four Saturdays:
May 15th, 22nd, 29th, & June 5th
1 - 3 pm CT


Capture, Project Development

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection