Friday, January 3, 2014

The Grammar of Photography: Student Work

All images speak through color, light, shape, and design. Unfortunately, the principles of composition are an often overlooked topic in photographic education. Last Fall, I taught a new class at the Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies called The Grammar of Photography. The class is an exploration of visual language, with specific emphasis on the problems that confront photographers in effectively communicating through their photographs. In prior posts, I've written at length about the concepts behind and goals for The Grammar of Photography. In this post, I want to share some images from the class.

The student projects ranged from street photography on Fifth Avenue, the subway, environmental portraiture, experimental portraiture, and boxers in Gleason's Gym. I was extremely impressed with the time and effort the students put into their projects -- and equally impressed with the results.

There is also some good news to share: The Grammar of Photography has been made a required Foundation course for Pratt's Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging. If you are not familiar with Pratt's course offerings, the course catalog is worth investigating. It is also worth noting that classes at Pratt are priced very economically.

The next section of The Grammar of Photography will run Thursday evenings at Pratt's Manhattan campus for 10 weeks beginning February 6, 2014 and ending April 10. Registration information is available on Pratt's Continuing Education page. The course number is PMPH-472.

Russ Rowland

Felice Simon

Ed Forti

Paul Kessel

Doug Caldwell

Debra Bilow

Danqing Lu

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