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Aesthetics applied to street photography

Virtual course in English

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What will you learn?

The proposal of the course is to learn how to RECOVER THE MEANING. Not only to communicate, but to rediscover the ART of communication. The BEAUTY of the Image and the BALANCE of the forms, so that our messages are perceived and heard. It is about becoming aware of what is beyond the visible, capturing it and learning to transmit it in the image. As Sant-Exupèry says in The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye”.

1. The evolution of the relationship between Art History and Photography.

2. Street photography as a means of capturing what is invisible to the eye.

3. How to recognize and capture the essential, awakening the artist in you.

4. To share the experience of some of the great masters of 20th century street photography.

About the teacher

Pierre Poulain

Professional street photographer, lecturer and author of several books, including Fotosofía, which links photography and philosophy. Pierre has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, in many countries in Europe, Asia and America. He is also a partner of the Salon d’Automne, the oldest contemporary art fair in the world.

Who is the course for?

Photography enthusiasts: no previous degree or specialization is required. It is a course to penetrate the essence of capturing and eternalizing everyday moments.

Students of Photography, Journalism, Advertising, Art: discover the methods used by the great street photographers to improve the practice and understanding of photographic studios.

Photographers and artists: to acquire a global and deep vision of the evolution of street photography in the last centuries.

Course format

4 modules

20 videos of 35min

Total duration of the course 9h

Additional resources (websites, videos, readings)

Didactic material available

Certificate of course completion

This course is also taught in Spanish. Access through this link

Learning stages

Course syllabus

Introduction to photography

  • Is photography an art?
  • Every art needs its technical aspect in order to be mastered.
  • Not all photographs are Art

1820 to 1890 – At the beginning it was not Art

  • Delacroix
  • The machine cannot produce Beauty
  • The Barbizon Group

1890 to 1918 – The birth of photographic art

  • Emerson, Pictorialism
  • Realism, Symbolism, Tonalism
  • Straight Photography in the USA.

1914 to 1939 – From Dadaism to Surrealism

  • Dada and the nihilistic temptation
  • Surrealism and the collective subconscious

From 1939 to the end of the 20th Century – A New Paradigm

  • From words to images
  • Photography as art and non-art

Beauty is in everything, but not everything emanates from beauty.

Beauty, Justice, Truth and Good. Different expressions of the same ARCHETYPES

  • The Beautiful (Art)
  • The beautiful (Minimalism and freedom)
  • Fairness (Ethics in photography) (Choose your own laws)
  • The True (Geometry and Shapes)

What we like and what is beautiful

Art is not an option but a necessity

Emanating the Eternal in the ephemeral

  • The search for authenticity

Not having a goal, not wanting to

  • The decisive moment
  • Unveil, simplify
  • The power of intuition

Geometry and Shapes

The Symbolic meaning of photography

Light and colors

  • black and white images
  • Respect the Light

Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • Aesthetics and Decisive Moment

Andre Kertesz

Joseph Kudelka

  • Aesthetics and patience

Elliot Erwitt

  • Aesthetics and humor

The future of photography

  • Archetypal Beauty cannot disappear
  • Evolution and Humanity (Towards a Conscious Metaphysical Aesthetics)
  • A new hermeneutics

About the teacher

Pierre Poulain

Professional street photographer, lecturer and author of several books, including Fotosofía, which links photography and philosophy. Pierre has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, in many countries in Europe, Asia and America. He is also a partner of the Salon d’Automne, the oldest contemporary art fair in the world.

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Aesthetics applied to Street Photography

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