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PHOTO 78 — Picture Your Life: Photographing Today for Tomorrow

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 19—Dec 7
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $425
Instructor(s): Joel Simon
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 19—Dec 7
7 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 21
1 Unit
Joel Simon
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 23
What story could possibly be more important, relevant, and accessible than the story of your life? We are often so immersed in the everyday moments that we fail to appreciate their significance. In this course, we will consider the texture, tone, and choreography of the everyday as we portray our lives in pictures—both for this moment and for the future.

As we make pictures of endearing family moments, children’s artwork, family gatherings, beloved pets, and our homes, we will create images with the power to spark memories in the future. By considering archives and treasures that those we love have shared with us, we will distill elements of our lives that are important to document now. We will examine how photographs tell stories and review the fundamental principles of compelling imagery, including composition and light. By combining these elements, we will learn to make images portraying facets of our lives in visually intriguing ways. We will discover how photos of the ordinary have the power to become the extraordinary, gain value with each passing year, and often become family heirlooms.

This course is open to students of all skill levels. Students are welcome to use any camera, including mobile device cameras.

Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. He has contributed to more than 65 trips with Stanford’s Travel/Study program. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, STANFORD magazine, and Sunset. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.