Course Description

Photographers working in the 20th century are an excellent source of inspiration, developing photographic styles and influencing creative photographers to expand their skills and methods. Studying the evolution of photography through the work of innovative photographers and their contribution to the current state of photography opens the door to an informed approach to one’s photographic style. Influential photographers from the turn of the century will be presented and studied weekly. Hands-on work assignments will require students to emulate the style covered that week. In addition, students will be assigned to create photographs representing each period and topic. 


Course Outline

Each week a time period from the 20th Century or an emerging style will be covered, including focus on specific photographers working within those parameters:

Pictorialism & Straight Photography
The New Objectivity
The Social Photograph
The Era of Pictures in Print
New Color Photography
Contemporary Photography
Subjectivity in Contemporary Photography
The Digital Age


Chicago’s Best Photography Teachers
If you’re suspicious of photographers who want you to invest in a trip to Kauai in order to take beautiful landscape shots, you’re already more perceptive than most and perhaps you just need to get to Harper College. A photographer in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Columbia College, Harold Rail makes a living in photojournalism, commercial, and creative photography, so the man has the chops. A decade's long dedication to Zen Buddhist practice informs his images with knowing nano-second captures of infinity – and, honestly, where else can you get the combo of experience and artistry? Rail champions the art of photography teaching affordable classes for children, teenagers, and adults at Harper College. See the eccentricity and enthusiasm that blooms in his photographic work on exhibit at the new Hyatt Centric in Chicago, too. Jacqueline Runice, Travel/Event Writer USA Today 10 Best

Harold is a great instructor, who makes his classes very interesting and full of creative energy! Vince W.

I really enjoyed working with Jim, he was open about many techniques, and getting info about being in the profession was very interesting and eye-opening. He made us all feel comfortable and excited about us learning and moving forward. B. L.

I learned a lot in the photography class. He taught by example, and we had a lot of hands-on experience in class. He was able to talk to the various levels of experience each student had in class and to the variety of camera models we each had. S. L.


Thank you for your interest in this course. While we currently do not have a section open for enrollment, we invite you to join us the next time the class is offered. To ensure you don’t miss out, please complete a Course Inquiry and we’ll be sure to notify you as soon as the next enrollment opens.
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