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

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Aug 2
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Jul 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $540
Instructor(s): Neal Menschel
Limit: 22
Status: Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, June 28 – August 2, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field shoots: Sunday, July 9 and Saturday, July 22, 9:00 am
Summer
On-campus course
Wednesdays
See below
Date(s)
Jun 28—Aug 2
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 8
2 Units
Fees
$540
Instructor(s):
Neal Menschel
Limit
22
Open
Please Note: Full schedule: Class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, June 28 – August 2, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Field shoots: Sunday, July 9 and Saturday, July 22, 9:00 am
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. 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 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, Apple Photos, iPhoto, or Adobe Lightroom, among others).

The course includes two field trips to Mountain View and San Francisco. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)