John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

Documentary Photography (Perspectives and Techniques)

McCabe Photography

Bring your own camera or cell phone (or borrow one of ours..) and learn about documentary photography with local filmmaker & photographer Michael McCabe. 

Develop basic techniques of documentary photography with photographer and filmmaker Michael McCabe.

Seats are limited.  Please sign up at mdocs (@) -- and  indicate if you would like to borrow a camera for the workshop by September 2.  We will accomodate as many requests for equipment as possible.

Friday, September 18, 2 - 5 pm, LI 113
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm + lunch

Friday, September 18, 2-5pm
2:00-3:00 Overview with examples, general techniques, and camera choices
3:00-5:00 Exercise — documentary photography (people, places and things) in Scribner Library and around campus

Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am – 12pm followed by lunch
9:30-10:00 Set up, assignments
10:00-11:30 Picture taking
11:30-12:00 Select pictures to review (Li 113)
12:00-1:00 Showing work over lunch (LI 113 – boxed lunch)

On Friday, Michael will present examples of his work, discuss perspectives and techniques for documentary photography, followed by a hands-on photography exercise.

Michael McCabe
Michael McCabe in Congo

On Saturday morning, those interested in honing their skills in documentary photography will meet with Michael in LI 113 for a refresher, spend the morning taking photographs in and around the Skidmore campus, and reconvene at noon in LI 113 for a lunchtime discussion of work accomplished.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment — digital camera or cell phone. If you would like to borrow LI 113 DSLR’s, reservations must be made by September 2.
Reserve your spot in this workshop at mdocs[@]

Michael McCabe

A native of Woodstock, New York, Michael has traveled extensively on
assignment. Topics have included working with rebels in Congo,
diving with a salvage team in Honduras, and shooting for ELLE
magazine in Ecuador. He is driven by the beauty of natural
light and likes the challenge of working in remote locations.
For more about Michael McCabe, see his website here.