If you are an emerging photographer, a seasoned image maker or just want to embrace a new viewpoint within the creative realm of photography, this class will demystify current trends and point you to the tried-and-true methods for understanding your work. In biweekly sessions on Zoom, we’ll examine your practice, how you work and play and the criteria you apply in the editing process. You will be challenged to consider how the visual and conceptual pathways of content, intent, place and genre apply to your current work, and hopefully this course’s discoveries will drive your future work.


David Ulrich’s book Zen Camera: The Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography will be our launch pad. Each week we will begin with a discussion from the text, followed by individual presentations via Zoom. The ultimate goal of the class is for you to be able to identify and articulate your personal photographic vision and style in a way that is uniquely you. There are several viable ways to "virtually present" and we will explore each until you find one that is optimum for showing us your work in progress. Photography is now all about making the personal universal.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30–8 PM

September 22–November 12 (8 Weeks—Twice per Week—24 Total Hours of Instruction)




We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. This mimics, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. In this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, this format allows us to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building.


The technology to make this happen is quite simple. You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.


Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.


Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.


MATERIALS: Required for the First Class Meeting: Just one photograph that defines you: a recent image that is still new to you, a tried-and-true image that represents your vision, an image you carry in your wallet or on your screen, one that has continuing meaning to you. Required for Every Class Meeting: either a journal that you currently use or a Moleskine-like bound book. You will need this journal for taking discussion notes to refer back to during the course and other important thoughts, ideas, and points you want to remember.


Recommended: Zen Camera: The Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography by David Ulrich (2018), available on Amazon.com in print or e-book.


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