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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:30 PM – 8 PM

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Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5
6: 30 PM – 8 PM
Instructor: Terry Nathan

We are immersed in photographs in our daily lives, yet are often limited in our ability to describe and understand how photography can enlighten, inspire and inform our experiences. In this engaging and compelling class, you will deepen your knowledge of photography and the art of seeing, a skill that applies to any art medium.

Looking at Photographs (September 21). Learn how to interpret and critique. Using photographs that span the history of the medium, you will acquire a greater understanding of how composition, content, and context come together to provide photographic meaning and why certain photographs are deemed art.  

Great Movements in Photography (September 28). Learn about the great stylistic movements in photography that have shaped our views of the world. You will develop an understanding of pictorialism, the photo-secession, modernism, Group f/64, scientific photography, and post-modernism. By the end of the class, you will have developed an expanded vocabulary for a more enlightened discourse about photography. 

Photo Share and Critique (October 5). In this bonus/optional round, you will have the opportunity to bring one of your favorite photos to class to discuss its content and compositional qualities, and to share how the photograph captured your heart and mind.

Terry Nathan is a professor in the Art/Science Fusion and Atmospheric Science Programs at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches “Photography: Bridging Art and Science,” as well as several courses on weather and climate. He also teaches photography workshops at Lassen National Park, the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, and the Crocker Art Museum. He is currently writing a book, Picturing the Atmosphere: Photography and the Advancement of Atmospheric Science. Terry’s photographic work spans landscape, architecture, documentary, and art/science fusion. His work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions and he has published in a variety of international magazines and other print and electronic media. His images and articles have appeared in Sierra Heritage, Nature Photographer, Sacramento Magazine, Black and White, Weatherwise, Architectural Stone and Landscape Design, and the LensWork publication, Our Magnificent Planet.


$55 members
$75 nonmembers

Please note, supplies are not included. Click HERE for a supply list.

Image credit: Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958), Pots: Heaped Black Ollas in the Oaxaca Market, (detail) 1926. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Hardie C. Setzer, 1986.5.21.

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