Skip to Gallatin Navigation Skip to Gallatin Main Content

Photojournalism Lab: New York State of Mind

Semester and Year SU 2019
Course Number PRACT-UG1001
Section 001
Instructor Lauren Walsh
Time 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Units 0
Level U


This 0-unit, intensive course meets May 28 - June 7. Course fee: $900. Pass/Fail only. Classroom activities can occur between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some of this time will comprise lectures and critiques. Time will also be spent out of the classroom independently shooting photo stories. Students should be as flexible as possible with their time during the program dates. Required Equipment: 1) Laptop with photo editing software installed (e.g., Adobe Lightroom or PhotoMechanics – lessons on this given during the lab. Software can be dowloaded for free trials.) 2) Digital camera (with all necessary cords and sufficient battery supply. A quality cell phone camera may be used but a standard digital camera is preferred) 3) Camera lenses (bring whatever you have; a 24-70mm lens works well) 4) Memory card and card reader (Firewire, Thunderbolt, USB2, or USB3)


Learn skills to produce visual narratives that get audiences to pay attention, giving crucial voice to people and situations that need to be seen and heard. This lab teaches how to create powerful visual journalism, from conception of a photo project idea, through execution of the final product, to how to professionally pitch for distribution. This year, the thematic focus is on the people who make NYC tick. This is the most populous city in the US, where 8 million people reside, over 200 languages are spoken, and a baby is born every 4.5 minutes. Who are the colorful, eclectic, amazing, celebrated, forgotten, or ordinary individuals of this city? What are their stories, and how can they be told in pictures? This intensive, hands-on lab, led by Professor Walsh and award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv, incorporates photo critiques as well as critical discussion of responsible, ethical documentary practice. Skills taught include how to write and promote a project proposal for professional publication; developing a better eye for stronger pictures; how to think like a media editor; and developing a personal project that has resonance with larger social matters. The culminating photo projects might focus on topics such as individual NYers, the jobs they have, family, immigrant communities, marginalized groups, and alternative identities, among others. Ultimately, each student uses photography to illuminate and communicate an aspect of what it means to be a New Yorker. This course will appeal to students interested in photojournalism, journalism, documentary photography, social justice, sociology, the arts, and media & urban studies. This lab is open to all NYU students, recent Gallatin alumni, and students from other schools who must enroll as NYU summer students. Upon completion of the lab, students will have the option of displaying their work in one of the Gallatin Galleries. Email Prof. Walsh ( with any questions.


All Syllabi

Course Type

Practicum (PRACT-UG)