In 1967, Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus exhibited their work in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “New Documents”. Curated by John Szarkowski, this exhibition of 94 black and white photographs changed the course of how we view documentary photography. Their work crossed boundaries between photojournalism and fine art as their personal styles differentiated their imagery. Their vision motivated a generation of photographers to transform the reality of everyday urban life.
This course will balance viewing the work of great 20th century street photographers including many Canadian photographers as well as critiques of student's work along with weekly assignments. Class exercises will concentrate on improving one’s seeing and the recognition of potential of any given subject. One will be introduced to the simplicity of using one lens, where pre-visualization of one's subject and their surroundings becomes a faster response. A wide range of issues of photographing people in an uncontrolled environment will be discussed, including ethics and the law. Beyond photographing people on the street, the photographing of urban landscapes both in the day and night will be included in the class.
The majority of the classes will be held in Ottawa; one weekend the class will share transportation to photograph in Montreal. This excursion will highlight how new destinations challenge and motivate street photographers. We will photograph along Saint Catherine through China Town to the Old Port. As students photograph, the instructor will view their photographs and give helpful suggestions in their search. The goal of this course is that you become a stronger photographer of people and the urban landscape and recognize the selective steps of creating a personal style.
The work of Henri-Cartier Bresson motivated David Barbour to become a street and travel photographer. Highlights to his career include a World Press Award for a photograph he took in Egypt and a Mid-Career Canada Council Grant to continue his work in Havana, Cuba. Please visit his website to view his work.
Requirements: any type of camera: digital, film, point-and-shoot, smartphone, SLR, 4x5, or whatever you can use to make an 8x10 print (or larger). However, having a camera you can use to adjust shutter speed and aperture will give you more creative options.
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OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 26, 2017
October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
SUNDAYS 1 - 4pm except one full-day (6 hour) session held in Montreal, date TBD
8 SESSIONS - 27 HOURS
LOCATION: SPAO STUDIO, 77 PAMILLA ST. & MONTREAL
LEVEL: BASIC | $369
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