Photographing in the Social Landscape with Thomas Alleman (Online Learning)
Photo by Thomas Alleman

Photographing in the Social Landscape with Thomas Alleman (Online Learning)

  • September 24, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 1, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 8, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 15, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 22, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 29, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online Learning Class via Zoom

The photographs of “natural landscapes” with which we’re most familiar—Ansel Adams’ pictures of Yosemite, perhaps, or those National Geographic series on icebergs or rainforests, in fantastic color—all show the world we would encounter if we could travel to those special, faraway places. A pristine view, unsullied by man’s presence, is usually preferred, but sometimes we welcome a noble lighthouse or a picturesque old barn tucked into the corner of one of these images.

Our “social landscape,” on the other hand, is neither faraway nor unsullied, and it’s right outside your door. That social landscape includes taxicabs and telephone poles, beer signs, graffiti, political billboards, mom-and-pop corner shops and people, most of all. In the Social Landscape, people interact with one another and with the vast public spaces that surround and welcome them all – parks and boulevards and plazas – and they negotiate the more organized venues that they and others have chosen to share: stadiums, theaters, bars, clubs and buses. Signage guides participants and pedestrians in direct language, but it also shouts slogans and promises with cleverness and neon. The infrastructure of that built environment must be navigated: streets, bridges, walls, wires, and boxes. Rules, codes and conventions are often unwritten, but they’re in the air for all to feel and follow, or not.

Through lectures and discussions, exercises and assignments, this class will explore the Social Landscape as other photographers have seen it over that last hundred years. Students will learn more about their own responses to the Social Landscape and the challenges they must overcome and embrace in order to communicate their experience in photographs that reveal, edify and engage. The course will include one field trip shooting assignment.

This course is strictly limited to 10 students.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Six Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, September 24 – October 29, 5-8 pm, PST
Enrollment Limit: 10 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $395




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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