On Humor: Five Lessons on Visual Wit

Course Code: 21WCEPV0092

Dates: March 4 - April 1, 2021

Meets: Th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online Zoom Classroom

Winter Tuition: $360

Everyone likes to laugh, but what is visual punning? Mastering time and framing relationships are two tools that the camera is uniquely designed to exploit. In this online course we explore five aspects of visual humor in photography. Through in-class lectures, reading and photographic assignments, we explore how photographers such as Jacques Henri Lartigue, Helen Levitt, and Elliott Erwitt master visual humor and wit. Multi-media artist Jan Baracz will join the class as a Guest Speaker.

Prerequisite: Advanced: You are comfortable with your camera, whether film or digital, and with your photographic practice. You have already produced or are working on a body of work. You are proficient in Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, et cetera. You understand printing or portfolio revision processes. You may be seeking ways to strengthen your work through sequencing, theoretical readings, and group critiques.Note: Students will be provided an assignment prior to the first class; early registration is strongly encouraged. Students should contact the Education Office if they sign-up within one week of the start date at [email protected]

Fee: $360.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Winter Tuition$ 340.00
Mandatory FeeMaterial Fee$ 20.00

Online Zoom Classroom

Catherine Talese

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
03/04/2021Thursday2 PM to 4 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/11/2021Thursday2 PM to 4 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/18/2021Thursday2 PM to 4 PM Online Zoom Classroom
03/25/2021Thursday2 PM to 4 PM Online Zoom Classroom
04/01/2021Thursday2 PM to 4 PM Online Zoom Classroom

To get the most of our time together, your first assignment will be sent to you a week before class. Please bring 5-10 selections from this assignment to our first class for discussion with your peers. Your assignment will include specific elements of the image to focus on and a slideshow of relevant contemporary and historic photographs.


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