New! Introduction to fine art photography
Discover and learn fine art photography
- Get inspired and develop your artistic skills
- Learn photography fine art genres, theory and technique
- Explore what’s trending in contemporary fine art photography
This intermediate level course introduces you to the world of fine art photography. You don’t need previous knowledge of fine art. Participants must have a good command of their cameras, or have completed the introduction and or intermediate course. You need to control shutter speed, aperture and ISO. There’s no need to be an advanced photographer or own high-end equipment. The course introduces you to various forms of fine art photography through simple presentations, including historical and contemporary topics. We’ll cover not only intermediate theory and technique, but the impact and relevance of master fine art photographers on the medium. You’ll be applying theory directly to the creative process – how do you actually start making fine art photographs? Particular attention is given to developing a variety of techniques, finding inspiration and learning how to assemble a coherent body of images. Each week, you will choose a topic we cover in class, for your homework assignment (4 assignments in total). Homework is reviewed in class in the following session, with feedback and discussion.
What you will learn
- The artist in you: how to start making fine art photography? Inspiration, experimentation and artistic expression
- Technique: research, equipment, preparation, personal photographic processes and styles
- Fine art photography movements and styles: Pictorialism, Modernism, Surrealism, Abstraction, California Modernists, Snap-shot Aesthetic, Minimalism, Personal-Documentary and Constructed Realities. Photography within other fine art movements or genres: Dada, Mixed Media and Pop-Art.
- Master photographers: Alfred Steigletz, Man Ray, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Averdon, Diane Arbus, William Klein, Robert Frank, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Jeff Wall, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gregory Crewsdon and Andreas Gursky
- The rise of fine art photography: contemporary trends, printing and series, the market. The role of galleries, art fares and museums
Weeks 2-5: Include a review session of your homework. Class topics below feature the work of the master photographers listed above.
- Week 1: Movements timeline 1839-2018. How to start making fine art photography?
- Week 2: Basic techniques. Applying aesthetics and characteristics to your ideas.
- Week 3: Inspiration, emotion and expression. Finding the artist in you.
- Week 4: Fine art photography today – the market and stylistic trends.
- Week 5: Building a coherent body of work. What to do with your art work?