Photography as a Pilgrimage
© Kat Shannon

Photography as a Pilgrimage

Dates: Fridays, Oct 27–Dec 1, 2023
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on Nov 24)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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In this course, you'll examine the role of walking as a personal practice and a means for generating photographic artwork. With the idea of remaining close to home, this class aims to investigate our relationship to our neighborhoods and community. How can walking be a process of care and connection? How does photography allow for an opportunity to traverse landscapes, both real and imagined? Alongside various creative exercises, prompts, lectures, and critiques, you'll engage with numerous readings on walking as a historical and cultural practice — including Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust, Matthew Beaumont’s The Walker, and Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Partly theoretical, partly poetic, this class is above all an opportunity to connect with your camera and photographic methods in new ways.


I loved Kat’s class on photography as a pilgrimage. This is one of the most thoughtfully planned and presented classes I’ve ever taken. Kat brings a rich depth of materials, unique assignments, and thoughtful discussions to the classroom, and is exceptional at making conceptual ideas tangible. Kat is a fantastic teacher. She is thoughtful, articulate and poetic. I’ll take anything she teaches.
—Melissa (Chicago)
Kat was a fantastic teacher — really smart and super organized. She gave us excellent feedback and provided lots of useful resources as we continue on our photographic journey. i learned so much and am very happy I took this class.
—Nancy (Chicago)

Kat Shannon
Kat Shannon

Kat Shannon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator working in photography, text, and video, currently based between São Paulo, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida. Her work examines notions of intimacy, human connection, gender, community, and culture. She holds degrees in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as Bard College (MFA).

Kat has held teaching positions at Yeshiva University, Brookdale College, Stetson University, Middlesex College, and ICP, and previously worked for three years as the head curator at an art consultancy in New York. In 2017 Kat co-founded the collaborative artist collective Memory Foam through which she curates exhibitions, publishes and collects artists' books and zines, and produces an artist interview series called “Artists Eat Ice Cream.”

Kat teaches Ways of Seeing, Photography as Pilgrimage, and other personal vision classes   for StrudelmediaLive.