Learn the fundamentals of digital photography and build your skills as a visual storyteller while examining the history of photography and its role in the contemporary art world.
Students enrolled in this Studio course will discover the history and practice of digital photography. Guided by expert educators and established artists in the field, our Studio courses offer a unique perspective on traditional studio practice by also incorporating a study of history, markets, and theory.
In this course, students will learn the basics of digital photography, including the technical skills needed to capture their vision and the foundational principles of photographic composition. Students will sharpen their skills in the classroom but also on the streets of New York City and will explore the major artists, styles, and market forces that have shaped the discipline as a whole. This hands-on, multifaceted approach to learning encourages students to deepen their technical knowledge and gain insight into the broader world of photography, as a means of developing critical thinking and visual communication skills.
The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From studio sessions to site visits, with excursions led by expert practitioners, the Studio program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies. Students will emerge from the course with samples of completed work for their portfolios as well as a deeper understanding of different possible career paths.
This is a new course. Possible site visits may include:
- The International Center for Photography
- The Fotografiska Photography Museum
- Higher Pictures and other famous commercial photo galleries
- Aperture Foundation
- The photography holdings of the Museum of Modern Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Possible guest speakers may include:
- Photography curators in major museums, such as The Met and the MoMA
- Professional photographers in their studios
- Fine photography art dealers
- Photography collectors
Materials Fee: $295
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.