F103 Winter 2019 In Lorton’s Darkroom
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 22–Jan. 29
Instructor: Karen Ruckman
This class will view In Lorton’s Darkroom, a documentary film highlighting the Lorton Photography Workshop, a program at Lorton Prison during 1980s. Attendees will meet photographer Karen Ruckman and producer Emma Pearce. They will discuss how and why documentary films are made and why they are important. Founded by Ruckman and supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the workshops helped prison administrators more fully appreciate the value of the arts in prison, and helped the inmates overcome distrust, coming together as a community.
Karen Ruckman is a documentary photographer who has captured images of politicians, celebrities, and decision-makers for a variety of clients from Congressional Quarterly to Hello magazine. Her independent projects have taken her from a nature preserve on Assateague Island off the coast of Virginia to Northern Ireland where she documented the transition from The Troubles. Her work teaching photography workshops with marginalized populations led her to a long-term observational film about two Washington DC men adjusting to life after prison in The Missing Men.