Introduction to “On Photography”

This online workshop will introduce students to On Photography, the watershed collection of essays about photography by Susan Sontag. First published in 1973 these essays, consider the force of photographic images and their place between experience and reality. This quick but intense tour of Sontag’s influential book will explore the history, context, and references within On Photography. Throughout the workshop, concepts of “transparency,” definitions of art, and how the image has affected society will be explored. Delve deeply into this iconic text with HCP’s new online class!  

Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.

Registration & Fees:
$125 Regular price
Members enjoy a 20% discount


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Classes meet two Wednesdays:
July 22nd & 29th
6 - 8 pm

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection

Suggested Reading:
On Photography by Susan Sontag
(Read the first essay, "In Plato's Cave")


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