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conservation photography Susan McConnell and Neil Ever Osborne

Click above to watch Witness: Defining Conservation Photography, directed by Neil Ever Osborne

The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth account of the emerging genre of conservation photography while simultaneously examining the strategic use of visual communication in the environmental arena (click the image on the left to see video.) The course will introduce students to the use of digital SLR cameras and digital image processing. We will examine conservation photography from its historical roots through its current manifestations in today’s environmentally active climate. Relevant conservation issues affecting society will be analyzed through specific case studies accompanied by multimedia platforms including images, video, and audio. Both theoretical concepts and applied photographic techniques will be discussed during lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, and field trips. Students will create new photographic work that explores individual interests and culminates in group projects that highlight visual storytelling.

Susan McConnell is the Susan B. Ford Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford. Susan’s academic research on brain development is an outgrowth of her lifelong fascination with animal

behavior, which has also led her to delve

deeply into wildlife photography. Susan is particularly interested in scientific studies of animal behavior in the field and in the depiction of animal emotions. Her photographs have been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, and other magazines. Susan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her teaching has been recognized by the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching. More.

Neil Ever Osborne blends his backgrounds in science and visual communication to bridge gaps between people whose respective conservation goals are best met through collaboration. He does this

using photography and multimedia, and visual communication strategies while pursuing academic endeavors as a teacher and student of the conservation photography discipline. At the root of his work is the still image. Neil creates visuals that depict a narrative for the purpose of sharing stories that are meaningful for conservation. Art and science continue to fuse in his work while he seeks opportunities to inform audiences about environmental issues. More.

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