The Grammar of Photography

Course Code: 21SCEPV051

Dates: April 14 - June 16, 2021

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

Spring Tuition: $650

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.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

Chris Giglio
Image: Chris Giglio
Fee: $650.00

Christopher Giglio

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
04/14/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
04/21/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
04/28/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/05/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/12/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/19/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
05/26/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
06/02/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
06/09/2021Wednesday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
06/16/2021Wednesday10 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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