Documentary Photography Projects

A course by Marcos Zegers
Photographer. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 04/10/2019
, Photographer

Make a photography series with a critical eye and personal style

  • 100% Positive reviews (3)
  • 232 students
  • Spanish with subtitles
Documentary Photography Projects

Make a photography series with a critical eye and personal style

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 100% Positive reviews (3)
  • 232 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 Lessons (2h 10m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish / English / Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Telling stories through photographs to publicize life forms, experiences and situations that are happening through your eyes, is an art that photographer Marcos Zegers practices from a young age. Becoming the bridge between stories and people for his documentary projects, his work has been exhibited in France, Britain, China and Spain; published in the New York Times and awarded in the POY (Picture of the Year) Latam 2019, in the category on the environment.

In this course you will develop a documentary photographic series, building your own story, which will tell a story visually. You will choose urban themes seeking to identify some that occur in your own city, and you will learn to count them through a photographic series with Marcos' work methodology.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From the choice of subject and case, to the field trip
  • U3
    U3. Retouching and publishing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will meet Marcos, his career in architecture where he discovered his interest in the territory and its scale. You will see how his work was acquiring more strength and social sense, carrying out documentary projects in the Atacama desert or in Russia. You will discover its main references of photography, photographic series and the different perspectives with which they approach a subject.

You will learn the process of Marcos to create a documentary photographic series. First, you will analyze the importance of choosing a subject, then, you will do all the research to get to the "case" or the specific subject you will photograph and then, you will see how to address it.

Once you have a theme and several defined subjects, you will plan your first outing. You will learn some practical considerations and define whether to work a photographic series that tells through a story or through repetition.

You will discover how you must face different situations to obtain a genuine result, through practical examples.

You will select the images according to the advice of Marcos, to show your theme in the best way, and you will know the main criteria for retouching documentary photographs, reflecting your own identity.

At the end, you will have all the tools to develop your own photographic series with a critical look and author's character.

What is this course's project?

You will develop a uniform photographic series of documentary and critical character, resulting in a visual story that can be published in a magazine or contest.

Who is it for?

To people interested in photography and amateur photographers looking to develop projects rooted in contemporary documentary photography.

What you need

You will need basic knowledge of photography, a camera and basic handling of software Adobe Lightroom or another that helps you edit the images.

On the materials you will need a camera and a computer with a photo editing program.


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Marcos Zegers

A course by Marcos Zegers


Chilean photographer with studies in architecture. His documentary photographic work focuses mainly on geopolitical and territorial conflicts, making them with a contemporary and multidisciplinary perspective.

Among the projects he has done, is an investigation published in The New York Times, about the young people who left Chile to go to Russia in 1973 and could not return to their country. Also, a long-term project on the history of extraction (mining) in the Atacama Desert (Chile) and its current relationship with Lithium in South America, exhibited in Chile, Shanghai, Paris, AIPAD New York 2019 and Photo London - award-winning series for POY Latam 2019 in the environment category - and in the 6x6 program of World Press Photo.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    From the choice of subject and case, to the field trip

    • Why is something interesting?
    • What do we photograph?
    • Planning
    • Photographing the case
  • U3

    Retouching and publishing

    • Selecting the images
    • Assembling the photo series
    • Finding the retouching of the series
    • Finding the retouching of the series (part 2)
    • Revealed in LR and export for publication
  • FP

    Final project

    • Documentary photography projects

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Documentary Photography Projects. A Photograph, , and Video course by Marcos Zegers

Documentary Photography Projects

A course by Marcos Zegers
Photographer. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 04/10/2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (3)
  • 232 students