Looking at Documentary

Red Wall & Stairs
Kristen Emack

Looking at Documentary

Glenn Ruga

Remote Meeting (See Instructions/Get Zoom Link Emailed)


Drawing from examples on the Social Documentary Network website, Glenn Ruga will discuss documentary photography and how is it different from and similar to photojournalism, street photography, fine art photography, and other photographic genres. He will also discuss a step-by-step process on how to embark on a documentary project. Lastly, he will look at contemporary criticism of documentary for  imposing narratives on communities and peoples without their consent and how photographers today are working to make documentary practice  more inclusive of the subjects being documented.


The cover photo on this page is by Kristen Emack, winner of the 2020 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, from her project "Cousins."

Glenn Ruga

Glenn Ruga is the Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine and founder and director of the Social Documentary Network (SDN). From 2010-2013, he was the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. In addition, he is a photographer, graphic designer, curator, and  has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia, the war and aftermath in Kosovo, and on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass. In 2012, Ruga was one of three curators of the New York Photo Festival where he curated three exhibitions including work by Bruce Davidson, Platon, and Eugene Richards, Reza, and Lori Grinker.  In additiona, Ruga has  curated dozens of exhibitions of documentary work that has appeared nationally and internationally.

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