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Confronting Choice in Your Photojournalism Career

with Gary Knight

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  •   01 Getting Started in Cambodia


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About The Class

Be the Photojournalist You Want to Be

There is a common moral dilemma in a photojournalistic career based around the idea of the person you want to be and the photographer you are being paid to be. In this class, Gary Knight will walk you through his journey as a photojournalist and the choices he’s made when confronted with ethical dilemmas that changed the course of his career. For budding photojournalists or the ones who are re-evaluating their careers, this class will cover: 

  • How to build and adapt your career as your interests change over time 
  • How to deal with the darkest and lightest moments you are sent to capture 
  • How to stay true to yourself when hired for work in complex environments 
Gary Knight’s career spans over three decades, he’ll discuss some of his first assignments photographing Khmer Rouge in Cambodia through his time with the hills tribes of Zomia in 2016.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Getting Started in Cambodia

  2. 02

    Learning the News Cycle in Bosnia

  3. 03

    Gaining Control in Kosovo

  4. 04

    Politics and Disillusionment in Iraq

  5. 05

    Truth and Finding Solutions


Meet Your Expert

Gary Knight

Gary  is founder and principal architect of the VII Photo Agency; founder of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University where he teaches a course in nonfiction storytelling, co-founder of the GroundTruth Project at WGBH, and is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frontline Club, London; Chairman of the VII Photo Agency Board,  a Canon Ambassador, twice Chair and President of the World Press Photo Award; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a distinguished and highly awarded photographer. ... read more

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    Creativelive Student

    December 2019

    Honest advice and insight about being a photojournalist, presented in a straight forward, no nonsense fashion. I worked as a staffer on a daily newspaper for 12 years, met many creatives over the years. You might not like what Gary says or how he says it, but he tells it like it is. Photojournalism is not glamorous. I have seen many horrific things stateside. My photography did not change the world, but it defiantly touched many people, both for the good and also on the worst day of their life. If its in your blood, the need to tell the story, you will appreciate this class. It was great! For the average creative live student, I suspect they may find this class boring or offensive? So if you want to be a photojournalist, load up some film in your backpack, grab your gear and hop on a train, plane or bus and go make images and not excuses! Yes film! It will set you apart from the others!

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