Here are some wonderful guidelines and essays by photographers which offer insight into their process and which many instructors at CDS include in their course readings:

Beyond the Snapshot: Basic Photography Techniques:  by Elena Rue and Catherine Orr

Shooting for Multimedia: by Elena Rue and Catherine Orr

From The Youngest Parents: Afterword  by John Moses (Book by Robert Coles)

Extraordinary Child: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark

Garden of Eden by Bruce Kessler

A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV by River Huston and Mary Berridge

Good podcast for learning photography basics: “Photography 101” by Scott Wittenburg

Good source for lighting and flash questions:

“The teenagers I photographed taught me a lot, even as many of them struggled with serious challenges in their own lives. Having gone out to meet with them in their world, I came away with no neat formulations about teenage pregnancy but rather a richer, more accurate context in which to see them, and I hope, better understand their experience.” – John Moses, M.D.

“People learn using different modalities, and for some people the visual route opens the door to understanding. Even richer than teaching using documentary methods is the experience of the individual who prepares the materials, since documentary studies by their nature include rich human interactions. We learn when we take part, whether as the subject, the documentarian, or the viewer. This is a unusually meaningful project in which I'm very glad to participate." - Dr. Ross McKinney, Director of the Trent Center

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