Online | The Photographer’s Eye | September – October

THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYE | September – October

Date  | Thursdays, September 7 – October 5, 2023

Time  |   6PM – 8PM (MST)

Location |  ONLINE

Cost  |  $230 Non-Member | $210 Members

Instructor  |  Mari Howells

Skill Level  |  All Levels


Our eyes see the world one way; how the world is shown in a photograph is completely different. In order to make pictures that say something, a photographer needs to understand this key difference. This is the essential point of John Szarkowski’s The Photographer’s Eye (The Museum of Modern Art, 1964), a companion essay and catalog to the groundbreaking exhibition at MoMA in 1964. A dip into the past to understand how photography was changing in the 1960s will speak to history of photography students, as well as those new to it, and inform ideas for making images in our current photographic climates.

Course Description:

Through class lectures, weekly shooting assignments, and in-class exercises based on the ideas in Szarkowski’s book, students will dissect the elements of photographic grammar. The problem of communicating through a photograph is solved through the photographer’s decisions about where to stand, when to press the shutter, what to include and exclude, and what part of the subject best speaks to a larger whole. Class exercises will refine the way students observe, take, and read images. The process results in photographs that are more personal and expressive, clearer, and made with a point of view.


  • Composition
  • Visual literacy
  • Visual storytelling
  • How photographs communicate
  • Decision-making

Materials Needed:

  • Camera (Film, Digital or iPhone)
  • Memory or Flash Cards (if using digital)
  • Film (if using film camera)
  • Computer/Laptop or Tablet
  • Flash drive/Hard drive (to transfer photos from your device)
  • Notebook and pen for notes
  • Zoom account (free) for access to class

*CPAC will update online course links prior to start date. To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. Please email