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Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm, Oct 14 – Dec 9 (no class November 25)
Fee: $200 (Reduced Fee)
Instructor: David Ulrich

Venetian, 2019 © Matt Mallams
Pacific New Media Award, Contemporary Photography in Hawai‘i 2020. Learn the reasons why this photo was selected and the criteria used.

The ability to critically examine your own photographs, we well as those made by other photographers, is a necessary skill in becoming an effective visual communicator. The process of criticism, explored by class participants, takes place in four stages that are often defined as: description, interpretation, evaluation, and theory.

The instructor introduces you to the critical language of photography and participants explore the following topics within your own creative process.

  • Effective use of the visual language to express your intent
  • Explore both the explicit (denotative) and implicit (connotative) meaning of images
  • Learn to post process, edit, and sequence images to better convey your meaning
  • Examine regional (Hawai‘i), national, and international trends and conventions and learn to locate your own work within a larger context.
  • Hollywood and Vine, 1969, by Garry Winogrand, highlighted in the Instructor’s book, Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography.

    Learn to recognize metaphor, symbols, and social signs and codes within your own images. Understand how the traditions of the various cultures that call Hawai‘i home influence the process of making and responding to images.

  • Define a vocabulary that can assist you in thinking about, understanding, evaluating, and talking about images.

The class involves making images, reviewing images from your archive, discussion, lecture, and selected readings.

Class takes place online via Zoom software. Participants are sent a link in advance. 

David Ulrich is a core faculty member and creative director for Pacific New Media. He is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals. Ulrich`s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over 75 exhibitions. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity and Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photographywww.creativeguide.com


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