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Educator's Guide

Responding to Photography is an interactive guide designed to enhance your educational experience with exhibitions at the PRC. In this guide, you will find helpful information and activities that will facilitate your students' understanding of the subject matter and medium. Responding to Photography supports the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The material presented in this particular guide is most suitable for students in grades 9-12. Educators are encouraged to use the information presented in the guide to prepare for their visit to the PRC.

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School Tours

The PRC is happy to offer free tours of its exhibitions for students in grades 2 through 12. Tours at the PRC support Citywide Learning Standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks using material presented in current exhibitions.

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Related Education Programs


Thursday, February 2, 2006, 7:00pm
Boston University’s College of Communications, Auditorium 101
640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Free to the public

The exhibition DOCUMENT features innovative social documentary work by Boston area artists. Several featured artists have used their work to explore the lives of people often marginalized by society. Join these artists for a discussion on what issues compel them to create projects and how they execute their work. Among other topics, panelists will address how and why they select their subjects and gain access into their worlds, and how they decide to present those worlds to the public. Speakers include Chris Churchill, Lisa Kessler, and Michael Manning.

LECTURE: Antonin Kratochvil

Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm
Boston University Photonics Center, Auditorium 206
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members/Free for Full-time Students and Seniors

After the lecture Mr. Kratochvil will sign copies of his new book Vanishing (de.MO 2005), which he will also discuss during the talk. Vanishing is a compelling collection of 16 photo-essays compiled over two decades, that presents people and places that are poised on the verge of extinction.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the PRC presents a new lecture series featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists working in photography and related media and photo-historians. Czech photographer Antonin Kratochvil, a founding member of VII Photo Agency and one of the premiere photo-journalists of our time, kicks off the series with a discussion of his work. Over the past 25 years, his assignments have taken him around the world and on diverse assignments. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Time, Natural History and the United Nations Choices magazine. His books include Broken Dream, Incognito, and Vanishing (de.MO 2005). He has earned numerous awards including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for the "Journalist of the Year" (1991), the Leica Medal of Excellence for outstanding achievement in documentary (1994), the World Press Photo winner in the Portrait Series (1997), and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (1998) administered by Columbia University under a grant from Life magazine.

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Art or Document: Changing Perceptions of Documentary Photography Since the 1970s

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 7:00pm
Boston University’s College of Communications, Auditorium 101
640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
$5 Members/$10 Non-Members/Free for Full-time Students and Seniors

Mark Rice, Chair of the American Studies Department at St. John Fisher College and author of Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s, discusses the transformation of documentary photography in the 1970's. Dr. Rice will address the diminishing line between documentary and fine art photography facilitated by the NEA Surveys, and the lasting impact on the photo industry. Dr. Rice will be available after the lecture to sign copies of his book.

MASTERS WORKSHOP: Creating a Documentary Project with Michael Hintlian

Saturday, February 25, 10:00am-4:00pm
Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Room 226
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
$55 Members/$95 Non-Members/$45 Full-Time Students and Seniors
Reservations required. Please call 617.975.0600

Join Michael Hintlian for a daylong workshop on the process of crafting a documentary project – from conception, planning, and execution to publishing the final body of work. Mr. Hintlian will spend the first portion of the workshop discussing, step-by-step, this process with examples from his recent book Digging: The Workers of Boston’s Big Dig. During the second portion of the workshop, participants may present their own projects, or project concepts for review and discussion.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston
Documentary screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, followed by a Panel Discussion with David Akiba, Suzanne Camarata, and Lou Jones

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Support for DOCUMENT was provided in part by Bee Digital and Zeff Photo Supply. The PRC is supported by Boston University and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in addition to numerous individual and corporate contributors.