Explore Your Surroundings — Wherever You Are

Explore Your Surroundings — Wherever You Are

Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 11–Oct 30, 2019
Time: 2–4pm (ET)
Sessions: 8
Limited enrollment: 10 students
Fee: $435
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Every place has a story to tell, but sometimes it's hard to see what's right in front of you. Explore your immediate surroundings by discovering your neighborhood and it’s people and the changes happening, or focus on documenting family life right in your own home. Students will develop their own personal storytelling style and means of expression, and will learn to experience their own environment in new ways. For inspiration we’ll discuss a variety of other photographers' projects, and we’ll analyze their approach and tools used for creative storytelling.


To me, online classes have been a synonym for freedom. Freedom of being where I was, geographically. Freedom of expressing myself through the group discussions and learning by sharing with others and with Anja.
—Lara (France)
Anja's live online classes provided an intimate and safe space where I felt comfortable to present and discuss my work with other students, thus traning me for presenting my work outside of class. The assignments coupled with class critiques taught me how to formulate my point of view of other people's work, and to continue learning about things such as composition and sequencing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is committed to advancing their photography, or who might need a little push and new prespective on where to take their work.
—Nastassia (France)

Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger

Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, private photography consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive online classes. Anja studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP General Studies full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, in film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, and published internationally in magazines and books. She has received numerous grants, including “Swing Space” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing. Anja enjoys teaching students from different nationalities, and has several years of experience in teaching live online photography classes, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, and China. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja teaches visual storytelling, environmental portraits, critique groups, and how movies can inspire your photography for StrudelmediaLive.