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Visual Poetics of Documentary Landscape

Back by popular demand, the Visual Poetics of Documentary Landscape class will create a temporary community of photographers who support each other in new or ongoing projects that investigate the landscape through a poetic documentary lens. Participants are encouraged to engage deeply with place via photography as their chosen artistic medium. The focus will be on the creative process in conversation with research, art history, and personal experience. We will use visual language to dive into the complexity of land-use politics, both historical and present-day, and look at how politics have influenced the aesthetics of landscape painting and photography. A wide range of approaches, interpretations and skill levels are welcome. This class will focus primarily on the conceptual development of long-term photographic projects. Students will leave the class inspired and with new tools for engaging deeply with place through their lens-based work.

Morgain Bailey is a Maine-based visual artist who brings a west coast perspective to her current work about the northeastern United States. She has an interdisciplinary BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is inspired by documentary landscape photographers,

landscape painters, American history, land-use politics, and the concept of personhood of place. She also loves to make portraits that explore individual identity and relationship to place. Her work has been seen in museums, galleries, and publications across the United States.



Registration & Fees: $325
Members Enjoy 20% Off


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Attention: This class is an Online Class. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with a reminder and login information about a week before the start of the course. 

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



Class meets six Saturdays:
September 11th, 18th, 25th, October 2nd, 9th, & 16th
10 am - 12 pm CT


Capture, Project Development

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection


Morgain Bailey