Introduction to Street Photography

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Street Photography

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A DSLR camera plus a lens (focal length of 55mm or wider) withavailablemanual settings is required for this course. A digital 35mm viewfinder camera withavailablemanual settings (24+ megapixels minimum) is also acceptable.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course considers how street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of city streets, searching for what Henri Cartier-Bresson termed the "Decisive Moment." When it comes to street photography, A skilled street photographer is able to anticipate action, interaction and that microsecond when the ordinary street scene becomes an extraordinary photograph. Methods that encourages interaction between the photographer and subject are stressed. Techniques mastered by Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Costas as well as others will be examined. Students will immerse themselves in the whirl of street life in Florence as they move towards an understand of what it takes to successfully photograph in the street.


    NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.

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