The Language of Photography

  Photography is more than a technical art, it is a visual language. The fallacy of the popular notion that the camera automatically captures not only the appearance but also the significance of what happens in front of the lens is evident to anyone who has had to look at someone else's vacation pictures. Their makers may have had a wonderful time, but their cameras did not automatically capture the depth and range of their experiences.

   In my 40 years of teaching photography, I have developed an approach that has been highly successful in teaching students how photographic images communicate the photographer's point of view and how this communication can also be an aesthetic experience. It is based on the idea that photography is a visual language, that this language has a structure, and that this structure can be learned.

Chapter One - Light
Chapter Two - Time
Chapter Three - Composition
Chapter Four - Subject and Object
Chapter Five - Color
Chapter Six - The Print