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ART 71 — Street Photography: Capturing Fleeting Moments in Everyday Life

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wed/Sun
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s): Apr 6—May 11
Duration: 6 weeks
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Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $520
Format: On-campus course wit
Limit: Limit 22
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, April 6 – May 11, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field trips: Sundays, April 17 and May 1
Street photography has no specific subject matter, and instead concerns itself with the everyday occurrences of life in general. The photographer has no specific agenda, plan, or previsualization prior to looking for meaningful images. Street photography is about seeing and reacting to our surroundings in the moment, and recording that reaction in an instant. It builds confidence and speed in both technical and aesthetic skills.

In this course, students will develop strategies of working in the field (on the street). They will learn to see and recognize incongruities and paradoxes, and capture them in intelligent and insightful photographs that reflect the often-missed ironies and anomalies of everyday life. We will also discuss the ethics of taking photographs in public spaces and how to approach potential subjects. The course will include two field trips and weekly reviews of each participant’s work. Weekly multimedia presentations will expose the students to excellent examples of the genre. By the end of the course, a website will be created to exhibit students’ final selection of images.

A digital camera, preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless 4/3, is required. Students should have a wide-angle lens going from at least 28 mm to a short telephoto of around 80 to 135 mm. Students should also have access to a computer with simple photo editing/processing capabilities (examples include Apple Aperture, Photos, or iPhoto and Adobe Lightroom, among others).

Neal Menschel, Photojournalist; Commercial and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel has served as the director of photography, picture editor, and senior photographer at The Christian Science Monitor, and as a staff photographer for the Anchorage Daily News. His clients have included The New York Times, Newsweek, GEO, Yankee, Frontline, and USA Today. He has taught at Boston University and was the director of photography for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Textbooks for this course:

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