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  • Cover photo: Paul Kranzler, Linz09, reportage, 2009

    Ricardo Cases, Paloma al aire, photobook, 2011

    Course directors: Paul Kranzler and Ricardo Cases.

    Course coordinator: Marta Orozco.

    Credits: 20*.

    Start date: October 2015

    End of course: January 2016

    Schedule: 10 am to 14:00 pm. Monday to Thursday. Selected production

    workshops and Master Classes may include varying schedules.

    This course is one of three modules, which can be combined in the form of a

    Master Programme for Professional Photography.

    Aimed at: students with degrees in Photography, Fine Arts, Media, Advertising

    or Communication. Young image-makers who want to specialise in the practice

    of professional photography; Photographers working in the media who want to

    develop their own style, in their professional and personal work.

    Entry requirements:

    · Curriculum vitae.

    · Letter of interest.

    · Technical knowledge in photography is mandatory (One Year Photography at

    IED Madrid or comparable); basic experience with post-production skills and a

    familiarity with audiovisual formats is also required.

    · Project Portfolio.

    · Personal interview as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordination Team.

    · It is necessary for students to have their own camera to participate in the course.

    Language: The lessons will be taught in English (in the event of holding any

    activity in Spanish, simultaneous translation into English will be available).

    Certification: At the end of the course, an accredited certificate will be awarded

    for having completed it satisfactorily.

    Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory and will be necessary to obtain an

    accredited certificate.

    Price: 1.100 € registration + 3.000 € course fee. Accommodation in Madrid (optional): [email protected]

    Admissions: +34 914 480 444. [email protected]

    For more information:

    Related courses:

    Master of Professional Photography

    European Master of Fine Art Photography

    Photobook International Specialization Course

    Specialization Course in Contemporary Art Photography

    Specialization Course in Fashion and Lifestyle Photography

    Specialization Course in Advertising and Editorial Photography

    Curso de Fotografía de Arquitectura

    Curso de Verano de Introducción a la Fotografía



  • A s the first of three modules that form the Master Programme for Professional Photography at the IED Madrid, this specialization course is dedicated to documentary and reportage. It also includes transferable knowledge in copyright issues, media relations, communication theory, ethics of the image, retouching and colour correction, new documentary practice, location management, and contracts. A strong and appealing personal work can make the difference when trying to convince magazines and publishers. Based on this assumption, the enhancement of the students’ professional skills in documentary photography is complemented by developing a personal body of work.

    The co-directors of this course are good examples of a new breed of photographers who see their documentary work embedded in the artistic field. They are also docents of the European Master of Fine Art Photography and will tutor the students in the creation of a personal artistic project that will go far beyond pure technical excellence.

    Students will enter the world of reportage through a network of lecturers, teacher, tutors, and the program’s directors. They have the opportunity to further their studies in the framework of the Master Programme for Professional Photography and to promote the final project through our contributing partners, with the ends of publication and distribution.


    Paul Kranzler, Linz09, reportage, 2009


  • Documentary Photography and Reportage Specialization CourseIED Master Madrid


    The main objectives of this course are:

    • Offer students a view of current tendencies in documentary photography and audio-visual reportage.

    • Implement the tools and knowledge used in the photography industry.

    • Introduce different modes of practice in documentary photography.

    • Reflect on the role of the photographer within the media.

    • Experience, through a personal project, what it’s like to create a story that is good enough to be published.

    • Examine photographic practices within contemporary media contexts.

    • Show the cultural value of photography, forms of collaboration and creative funding models.

    • Analyse the challenges and limitations of the market in times of strong media convergence and downsizing.

    Professional opportunities

    This course offers students the chance to access the field of professional photography, which has a high demand in many fields:

    • Press and media photographer • Editorial photographer • Post-production artist • Picture editor • Agency Assistant

    Final project of David Rojas, alumn of European Master of Fine Art Photography, 2013


  • Documentary Photography and Reportage Specialization CourseIED Master Madrid


    This course is characterized by a hands-on approach and dedication to practical issues, in the context of a highly competitive industry.

    The classes include discussions on case studies; practical contemporary working methods in the field of production and post- production; visits to artists’ studios and exhibitions; Master classes with outstanding professionals; assignments; individual and group exercises.

    Simon Roberts during his Workshop

    The didactic plan is composed of

    • Workshops with professionals from the industry

    • Personal Project tutoring by the course directors

    • Master Classes with well known artists

    • Assignments

    • Personal project

    • Written and oral presentations

    • Discussion and critique in class

    • Creative use of technology and learning-by- doing philosophy


  • Documentary Photography and Reportage Specialization CourseIED Master Madrid


    Ricardo Cases: Finding your voice in documentary photography Ricardo Cases may be one of the best examples to show what Spanish photography can offer today: a self-conscious and direct aesthetic that underlines a critical perspective with a humorous - or even ironic touch, and – most importantly – a true passion for the photographic medium. His workshop will guide you to take full control of the medium’s rhetoric, and get ready to push its limits.

    Paul Kranzler: Getting the picture, constructing the story Paul Kranzler’s imagery is based on an analytical and narrative approach to photography. Wide-ranging in approach, his work easily mixes genres and techniques, and his series often are combinations of portraits, still-lifes, landscapes and even nudes. He will show the students how to dominate the photographic technique in order to construct a meaningful story.

    Edmund Clark: Contemporary documentary practice Edmund Clark uses photography, found imagery and text to explore links between representation and politics. He is best known for his work on Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out (2010) and the project Still Life Killing Time (2007). His workshop will analyse contemporary uses of the documentary rhetoric in photography.

    Silvia Omedes: Truth and ethics in reportage Silvia Omedes is an independent curator, picture editor, and founding director of the Photographic Social Vision Foundation in Barcelona, a nonprofit platform that supports photojournalism through exhibitions, conferences, and workshops. In her workshop, Silvia will question the use of photography as a truth telling medium, advocating for projects that raise our awareness for social issues on a global basis.


    Visit with Gonzalo Golpe, editor

    Cristina de Middel, Afronautas


  • Documentary Photography and Reportage Specialization CourseIED Master Madrid


    Seminars and practical exercises:

    Camerawork I & II In these practical sessions, the students will explore different camera types formats used in documentary and reportage photography. They will learn how to dominate lens system, exposure (relationship aperture/ speed/sensibility) and depth of field for their story-telling. Color theory, time control and composition will be taught in classroom and

    - most importantly - in the street, with the camera in your hand.

    New Documentary Practice Photographers are not only image producers but also consumers, mediators and agents. They have to show responsibility for the impact of their picture in an image-devouring media industry. Photographers are never just observers, they also take part in the events they cover. Contemporary documentary practice is well aware of this dilemma, which has been also at the center of postmodernist thinking. In this module we analyse how to escape the paradox situation by introducing the photographer’s subject view as a defining factor for final outcome of the image.