Telling Summer Stories through a Visual Diary
© Anja Hitzenberger
Online Class Presented by The International Center of Photography (ICP)

Telling Summer Stories through a Visual Diary

Dates: Wednesdays, Jul 14–Aug 11, 2021
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 12 students
Fee: $390

Presented by the International Center of Photography (ICP). This class delves into creative ways to capture your immediate surroundings — no matter where you are — with images that express the feeling of summer. After months of lockdown and social distancing, how might you explore your immediate environment? We experiment with blending memories and past personal experiences with our “new normal” by examining ways to add text or photos from our archives and discuss how to photograph non-tangibles, like heat, smell, or feelings. We also cover different approaches to telling personal stories by studying the work of artists such as Nina Katchadourian, Hiraki Sawa, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Robert Adams, and Daniel Ramos, among others. By the end of class, students will have created a visual diary of their summer and deepened their creative and artistic practice. Registration is through the ICP website.


Please note: Open to all skill levels.
Since I haven't had the opportunity to study photography formally, I needed a course that would help me acquire an awareness of the composition skills I was thinking about unconsciously. Anja helped me improve my observation skills, both explaining the main elements of composition, with reference to the techniques used by other photographers, and through shooting exercises and group critique, which took me, week after week, to intentionally compose the frame in order to develop a narrative.
—Gianluca (Italy)
As a photographer, I had many stories to tell but I didn't know how to evolve from photo-taker to storyteller. Anja generously shared her experience and through weekly assignments and her constructive critiques, she gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed. I'll always value her guidance as a turning point in my photography career.
—Jennifer (Monaco)

Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive, an educational platform that offers live online photography classes and more to people around the world. Anja studied in the Creative Practice full-time program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, and has been on the faculty there since 2009. She is dedicated to working with people from different cultures across the globe.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. Her photography has been published internationally and is a part of both private and institutional collections, including the International Center of Photography. She has received numerous artistic grants and has been awarded residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and Tainan (Taiwan). A focus of her activities has been working with live performance, including producing a multimedia piece that toured in New York City, Austria, and Korea.

Anja has been teaching live online photography classes since 2015, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, China, and Taiwan. 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.