By B. D. Colen
14 May 2014
Over the course of a semester, the students in my MIT documentary photography class learn about the tradition and history of documentary photography, hone their photographic skills, and learn how to tell a story visually. Each student finds a project, and eventually hones hundreds, if not thousands, of images down to 20 that tell their story. The students also have to write a 1,500 word text that tells the story, and the text and photos must be able to, independent of each other, tell the story. This year's projects ranged from the story of a Haitian immigrant working as an apartment building concierge, to a story about members of MIT's women's crew team, and from a story about a growing vegetarian restaurant chain, to one about an "odd pet vet" and wild animal rescue center. The photos you see here do not convey anything about this year's projects other than the students concentration and involvement with them.