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Travel Photography: Capturing a Sense of Place

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ClassGraphic Everyone takes photographs while traveling, but people often are disappointed with their results. The photographs: 1) don’t convey the photographer’s excitement; 2) don’t tell a story; 3) don’t capture the spirit of the people pictured; or 4) are tourist snapshots rather than great art. In this study group, we will try to address those deficiencies. Specifically, we will ask whether a photograph or series of images can tell a story. We will develop a list of best practices by comparing our experiences in the field. Finally, we will consider how to capture a sense of place that reveals more than a postcard depiction of the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall, or Blue Mosque. Among the topics that study group participants will explore and discuss are the definition of travel photography, issues related to using guides, the impact of weather, what photo equipment to use, pre-scouting locations and perspectives, avoiding clichés, capturing portraits of locals, and what are reasonable expectations for the travel photographer. Our texts will be All About Saul Leiter by Saul Leiter (RM/Seigensha, 2018), and The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore (Phaidon, 2010).

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

Jack Siegel 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/17/2019 - 2/7/2019 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Jack Siegel  ClassRoom