Taking it to the Streets

Daniel Kramer

The traditional classroom is a room full of desks or chairs and tables, with a whiteboard or chalkboard framing the instructor at the front of the class. This setting is reassuringly familiar but can be limiting for topics that require hands on experience or in the field training. This spring, burst beyond the classroom walls and into Houston with “Street Photography,” taught by Daniel Kramer. Class sessions will alternate between on-location shooting throughout the city and in-class critiques, offering an interactive experience with the instructor, other participants and the entire city of Houston.

Rodeo Houston by Daniel Kramer

Rodeo Houston by Daniel Kramer

And what better way to get acquainted with a city than to visit its most nostalgic annual event, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where every native and non-native alike remembers that they were once a cowboy, too. Mr. Kramer will lead students on street photography walks through this location and others, including downtown, in an attempt to imbue the spirit of this photographic genre into participants. “I take students places they might have otherwise never gone and they learn the fleetingness of moments and how difficult it is to combine a moment with aesthetics and thus they gain appreciation for the work of the giants of the genre,” Kramer said.

In addition to the on-location shooting, Mr. Kramer will also present a history of street photography. He explains, “I think it really helps students to gain an appreciation for this type of photography when I teach the history of the genre. When they learn of the major museum exhibitions devoted to Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus and when they learn that Robert Frank’s photograph of the trolley in New Orleans is considered the eighth highlight in the entire collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, I feel like I’m turning people on to a whole new world.”

Join us for “Street Photography” and participate in an interactive experience that builds skill in this now classic photographic genre. You may also learn a few new tricks about the city of Houston.

Image credit: All images by instructor Daniel Kramer.

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