Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision
© James Prochnik
Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision
© James Prochnik
Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision
© James Prochnik
Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision
© James Prochnik
ONLINE COURSE
 

Poems and Pictures: A Shared Vision

Dates: Sundays, Nov 5–Dec 10, 2023
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on Nov 26)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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In Mary Oliver’s poem “Sometimes,” she writes: “Instructions for living a life: / Pay attention. / Be astonished. / Tell about it.” Her words are clear-eyed guidance for anyone seeking a more abundant life, but they seem an almost vital manifesto for photographers. In this class, we’ll explore the many similarities in the way poets and photographers approach and find meaning in the world and how photographers might enlarge their vision by learning from poetry and literature’s rich history. Throughout five sessions, we’ll study how poets and writers have woven the stuff and feelings of everyday life into words that thrum in the hearts and minds of readers and how photographers and photographs can work the same way. We’ll learn to read pictures, see poems, and make and share new work that expands the poetic potential of our photography. By finding connections between poems and pictures, we’ll also gain insight into new ways of understanding and describing our photos in words.

“If your pictures are not good enough, you aren’t reading enough.” —Tod Papageorge

 
I want to thank you for such an inspiring class. You are a wonderful teacher! You brought to the forefront for me just how essential light is in a taking good photos. You also encouraged me to be experimental and I have got to know my camera better as a result. Best wishes for your upcoming photography projects. I hope you’ll be teaching again before too long.
—Anna (California)
Just a quick note to say that James Prochnik’s “Poems and Pictures” class was fantastic — he is a gifted teacher and image maker. My work experienced a much needed shift during his class and my fellow classmates were equally committed to making new and exciting work. Not only did he introduce us to largely unknown photographers, he was in the trenches with us. His thoughtful critiques are what I imagine MFA students receive at Yale. This class was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. James embodies what StrudelmediaLive is all about: pushing limits to break creative barriers.
—Kirsten (Canada)


James Prochnik
James Prochnik

James Prochnik is a Brooklyn-based photographer who uses photography as a means to explore the world outside, focusing on people, place, memory and the poetry of the everyday. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Vice Media, Lenscratch, USA Today, and Shots Magazine and have been exhibited in galleries around the country. In 2019, James launched NYC Photo Community — a weekly newsletter listing photography events, workshops, exhibitions, and opportunities for photographers everywhere. James has been a regular guest lecturer on ethics and aesthetics in street photography at the University of Vermont.

James teaches street photography for StrudelmediaLive.