The course is designed for photographers who have a solid foundation in photographic techniques and wish to expand their knowledge of capturing the beauty and complexities of everyday urban life in Los Angeles. The course is structured to enhance student’s creative abilities through classroom discussions, class based critiques and hands on shooting activities in various Los Angeles area neighborhoods.. The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings that reflect the urban environment in which we live while developing your “decisive moment” skills.. Study masters like Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier Bresson and Vivian Maier while developing your own ability to capture the beauty of everyday life.
Taught by Todd Bigelow, who explained his philosophy on the class this way:
To many, street photography is the truest form of documentation. The art of seeing and capturing the beautiful randomness of time and space is a challenging and, ultimately, richly rewarding experience for photographers. The defining moments in street photography are personal in nature and complex in their compositions and timing. My goal is for the students to come into the class with an open mind about this historical genre and leave with a new found appreciation of the everyday moments in life. The potential for unique street photography images occur everywhere that people congregate, but the moments are fleeting. I teach the students to see the potential prior to the existence and then capture the moment in a brief fraction of a second.
View the course syllabus below:
Todd also put together this great video showcasing the work and experience of the students in a recent section of the class.
And here are some beautiful images from former students, taken around Los Angeles.