The Grammar of Photography

Course Code: 21FCEPV051

Dates: October 6 - December 15, 2021

Meets: W from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Fall Tuition: $635

Photographs tell stories. A writer might use cadence, sentence structure or even the sounds of words themselves to convey meaning. In a similar manner, photographers use light and shape, they make choices about where to stand or how to frame a scene in order to make meaning clear. Based on ideas suggested in two seminal writings on photography, John Szarkowski’s The Photographer’s Eye and Stephen Shore’s The Nature of Photographs, this class will function as a primer of visual literacy for photographers. Through weekly shooting assignments, lectures and critique, students will learn about balance, tempo, ways of organizing space, the significance of geometric structure, and why the edges of the frame are important. Far from being a list of rules to memorize, how we compose is an extension of the way we see. Slight changes in vantage point, framing and timing have a tremendous impact upon the content and success of a photograph. The exercises in The Grammar of Photography make students attentive to how we see what we see. Students will produce stronger, clearer pictures as a result.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels. Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes that are Open to All Skill Levels.

In accordance with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, all Continuing Education students are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person courses. This includes courses taking place at the ICP School location (79 Essex Street) as well as offsite locations. Students will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status during the registration process, unless an exemption has been granted. ICP strongly recommends that masks are worn while in class or in other public areas of ICP to protect the health and safety of all employees, students, and visitors.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. In order to comply with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, registration for this course will close three days prior to the start date of the course.

Students attending in-person courses will be required to complete ICP’s online Daily Health Screening prior to entering the ICP school.

Chris Giglio
Image: Chris Giglio
Fee: $635.00

Christopher Giglio

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
10/06/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
10/13/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
10/20/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
10/27/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/03/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/10/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
11/17/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/01/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/08/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
12/15/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom

Prior to the first class, please purchase John Szarkowski's, The Photographer's Eye. Also, prepare a folder or collection of 6-8 representative examples of your recent work to be shared during the first class. How to share files online will be reviewed during the first class session.


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