Questionable Pictures
© James Prochnik

Questionable Pictures

Dates: Saturdays, Oct 29–Dec 3, 2022
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on Nov 26)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $340
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Inspired by the book Photo No-Nos: Meditations on What Not to Photograph (Jason Fulford, Aperture, 2021), we'll explore different ideas about aesthetic and style conventions and subject matter (what should or shouldn’t we make pictures of?). Who comes up with all these rules anyway, and how can we subvert them? Each week we'll challenge photo orthodoxy with new photographs we make for class. By the end, we'll be a class full of rebels, celebrating all the rules we broke along the way.

The are many rules — both written and unwritten — that shape the photography we create. Guidelines about what makes a “good photograph” (avoiding clichés, stereotypes, and derivitive or taboo subjects for example) can cloud our vision and diminish the possibilities of the medium. What's valuable about the rules we follow? What can we discard? How can we release ourselves from fears and uncertainties that inhibit our picture-making and return to a place of innocence and delight in the visual world we experience?

This class is suitable for photographers of all levels, experiences, and interests, and all will benefit from the conversations we'll have and the pictures we'll make.


James is an excellent instructor. Patient, informative, astute and generous with his time and feedback. All of that AND an awesome photographer. I learned a lot.
—Jules (New Jersey)
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)

James Prochnik
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, poems and pictures, richness of light, and more for StrudelmediaLive.