This course looks at how photographs can delve deeply into subjects and present distinct personal visions of the world. Maine Media's team can connect you to a range of topics and causes locally to work with or you can come with your own project. We will examine the work of historical and contemporary photographers to open a discussion on varying approaches to storytelling and activism. We will explore how to make complex photographs for a cause you believe in, how to use your photographs, and how to keep your values while making a living with photography.

I will come in with a handful of talks on how I have seen photographs work in activism, and how I have seen photographers make a living while working on projects that are close to their values. There will be time looking at photographic projects for reference, time spent photographing and time spent looking over your photographs. There will be many conversations, and hopefully friendships that will continue to support you and your work after the course is finished.


Lucas Foglia

Lucas Foglia (b. 1983) grew up on a farm in New York and lives in San Francisco. He graduated with a MFA in Photography from Yale University and with a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University. His photographs have been 

widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, International Center of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Foglia’s first monograph, A Natural Order, and his second monograph, Frontcountry, were published by Nazraeli Press to international critical acclaim. He works for magazines including National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. He is represented by Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, and Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London.

© Lucas Foglia

Course Dates

Jul 9 to Jul 15



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