Spend winter session learning documentary photography in Tanzania, an African nation rich in indigenous cultures and spectacular wildlife.
On a 26-day guided safari, you'll experience Tanzanian culture through an examination of their ancient and contemporary art. Through your lens you'll capture the splendor of African animals in their natural environment and understand the ethics and principals of photographing local people. Students will learn firsthand about the real, practical challenges involved in the survival of various ethnic groups and how individuals are creating works of art as a sustainable source of income.
You will travel to Tanzania with Jon Cox, a professional photographer and veteran of twenty UD study abroad programs on six continents. Prof. Cox is also a board member of the Dorobo Fund, a non-profit organization fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples of Tanzania.
Once in Tanzania, your safari will take you to the national parks and reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Parks for documentary photography amid the savanna. The parks contain spectacular concentrations of wildlife that are habituated to vehicles, allowing close observation of various aspects of animal behavior including foraging, social interactions within species, and multiple-species interactions. While on tribal lands the indigenous people will be your guides taking you to culturally significant areas like hidden caves of Maasai warriors, Singing Rocks of the Hadzabe Hunter/Gatherers and waterfalls of the Iraq people. Daily field excursions will be supplemented with nightly campfire discussion about local art, culture, photography and conservation issues.