Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington
Cool and eclectic, focused on clever and edgy photo-media art and documentary exhibitions, the Australian Centre for Photography also puts a lot of emphasis on learning. It offers workshops, short courses and masters classes on a surprisingly broad variety of topics and perspectives. The Centre’s site also includes galleries of former and present exhibitions, links to Photofile magazine, archives, volunteer opportunities and contact information. Located New South Wales.
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
South Carolina’s venerable Duke University is home to The Center for Documentary Studies, a comprehensive program that emphasizes collaborative partnerships and community values. This point of view permeates the Center’s work: it sponsors an undergraduate program at Duke; offers graduates the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative, which connects documentarians with children’s organizations around the world; teaches documentary as continuing education to adults; and initiated the long running “Literacy Through Photography” program in Durham public schools as a way of helping students use photography as a means to become aware of their lives. These and other CDS programs prove that the old-school values of documentary making and dissemination are still alive and well.
Danish School of Media & Journalism
The Danish School of Journalism offers two levels of courses in photojournalism that examine the basics of the language of photojournalism, followed by a program of advanced visual storytelling. These classes are offered in English in a program that is very open to foreign students.
DART Center for Journalism & Trauma
Because trauma plays a large part in journalism, both as a subject to report on and as an unfortunate by-product of reporting, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism founded the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma with a mission to support the challenging work of reporting on traumatic events. The Dart Centre is a resource for journalists, offering interdisciplinary approaches to training, assisting and supporting journalists who report on natural disasters, crime, war and human rights abuses. From New York and its satellite Centers all over the world, Dart provides fellowships, training and documentation, as well as a site full of current events, interviews, tips and tools.
George Eastman House
George Eastman House, an independent nonprofit museum, is an educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures. George Eastman (1854-1932) was the founder of Eastman Kodak Company. Opened in 1949, the Museum includes Mr. Eastman’s restored house and gardens, an archives building and research center, galleries, two theaters, and an education center.
International Center for Photography, New York
Housed in elegant digs on New York’s Avenue of the Americas, the International Center for Photography’s school of photography is a rare institution that offers a range of photo educational options. In association with Bard University, ICP has built solid undergraduate and MFA programs, as well as its own, shorter, certificate programs. Meanwhile, it also offers the community at large continuing education classes and “teen academy” internships. The museum and its important collection round out the Center’s comprehensive mission to promote and support photography.
Photographic Center Northwest
Based in Seattle, the Photographic Center focuses on education and promotion of fine art photography through a wide variety of activities. Education seems to be at the top of its list; the Center’s school offers an accredited fine art photography certificate program, intensive 10-week courses, member and youth programs, and lectures. The Center also has a public side; its non-profit gallery shows emerging and mid-career artists, organizes juried public exhibitions, runs an artist-in-residence program and offers darkroom rentals. Its site also includes a list of reviewed links, useful for Northwestern photographers.