Understand the relationship between design and content and depict subjects with advanced artistry.

© Norman Mauskopf

How does a photographer communicate the depth, dynamism, and excitement of a moment? During this course, photographers learn to successfully combine elements of content and design in both B&W and color images. Students concentrate on developing visual and technical skills while working in various environments and lighting conditions. Class begins with a study of relevant themes throughout the history of photography and investigating how the design and composition of a photograph support the interpretation of the content. Discussions also include how a working method can affect and control the overall image. Daily assignments are geared to provide participants with an intensive working experience incorporating the fundamental elements of good design. By the end of the week students are able to photograph people and events in complex three-dimensional scenes, where various picture planes relate to the composition of the photograph as a whole. Frequent critiques of student work in progress are held in combination with slide lectures concerning formal problems for the photographer and how these have been resolved by others. 


"Norman is well prepared and very knowledgeable"
- Susan Landmann, Nantucket, MA


Norman Mauskopf

Norman Mauskopf is the recipient of a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship and has had four photography books published by Twin Palms Publishers. The most recent, Descendants, focuses on the Hispanic community of northern New Mexico. His previous books include A Time Not Here, which focused on African-American culture in rural Mississippi; Dark Horses, which documented the world of thoroughbred horse racing; and Rodeo, which captured the life of professional rodeo cowboys. Norman's photographs have been included in solo and group exhibitions including two shows at the Visa Pour L'Image Festival in Perpignan, France. He has worked for a variety of magazine and corporate clients and has been a dedicated photographic educator for thirty years.

To see samples of Norman's work please visit his website at www.normanmauskopf.com.

He is represented by Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico at www.vervegalleryofphotography.com.


© Norman Mauskopf

Course Dates

Sep 21 to Sep 27



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