Assignment: Monochrome! Analysis, Technique, and Exercises in B&W
© Kai McBride
Assignment: Monochrome! Analysis, Technique, and Exercises in B&W
© Kai McBride
Assignment: Monochrome! Analysis, Technique, and Exercises in B&W
© Kai McBride

Assignment: Monochrome! Analysis, Technique, and Exercises in B&W

Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 6–Nov 15, 2023
Time: 6–8pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (This class meets every other week on Wednesdays: Sep 6, 20; Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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Black and White photography is utterly fluid — it can appear as a soft-toned airbrush drawing or as a dense and gritty pen-and-ink scratching, depending upon exposure, lighting, and post-processing techniques. In this class we will be deconstructing the work of a range of monochromatic photographers from the sublime to the hedonistic in order to understand what techniques the artists employed. You will then go out and experiment to make new photographs that embrace these different looks, using our analysis and technical recipe. This 6-session class meets every other week to give you extra time to dive in and create new work and features all new prompts, in case you've taken this class before. Kai envisions this class as a mash-up between his Black and White Refined and Shake Up! courses.


Please note: Basic understanding of Lightroom and a camera (digital or film) that can produce manually exposed images.
Just wanted to let you know that Kai McBride's class on B&W Digital Photography was GREAT. He structured and conducted the sessions in a very organized way and provided an abundance of useful information. The assignments were useful and creative. I would definitely take a class with him again.
—Barbara (New York)
I am so glad I signed up for this black and white class. Kai is a wonderful teacher. Not only is he organized, interesting, challenging and creative, but he goes that extra mile to provide us with very helpful handouts and resources! This class is opening up a whole new world to me!
—Barbara (New Jersey)

Kai McBride
Kai McBride

Kai McBride is a photographer, musician, teacher, and avid cyclist who recently uprooted from Brooklyn to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent the last ten years teaching photography and managing the photo facilities at Columbia University, his alma mater, where he received an MFA in 2008.

Born on the island of Kauai in 1972, by his 18th birthday Kai had lived in California, Oregon, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Texas, Oahu, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. He sharpened his powers of observation while adjusting to life between suburban ranch-style homes, cabins with no running water, and a 20-foot teepee in the field of a commune.

His photographs have been exhibited in museum and gallery exhibitions, and are held in public and private collections. His first monograph, About Face: Picturing Tampa, was published by SPQR Editions in Fall 2016.

Kai teaches black and white photography, photobooks, and more for StrudelmediaLive.