In our online photography classes, you can further your interests and participate in our creative community from anywhere in the world. ICP's online education platform supports the unique needs of a photographic education, with a social learning environment in which students can access course materials, upload work to an individual gallery, and discuss assignments. Classes include weekly live webinars with instructor-led critiques and lectures.

To ensure that students receive useful feedback and support, enrollment is limited. We recommend early registration.

Upcoming Classes

Landscape Photography

15SOLLA100: APRIL 16–JUNE 18 | THURSDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman
COST: $530

Place is an essential aspect of our existence. Landscape photography allows us to explore and analyze our relationship to the places we pass through and inhabit, and it affords us the opportunity to respond to what we see and feel about the world around us. Whether photographing nature or the densely populated urban spaces of New York City, shooting the landscape requires preparation and photographic awareness. In this course, outdoor shooting assignments and critiques are combined with readings and discussions about place and historical and contemporary landscape photographers. Class discussions of photographic processes and techniques are aimed at deepening students' awareness of natural light and the skills needed to approach the landscape photographically. Setting up a shot, understanding lenses and exposure, and developing the skills that allow us to concentrate on image-making are some of the necessary elements of craft that are addressed.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Making Work

15MOLPV206: JUNE 29–JULY 29 | MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Yola Monakhov
COST: $500

In this course, we examine the many aspects of our photographic practice, from getting started, to research and access, to the concrete matters of production and distribution. This course is for students with projects in progress or those embarking on new work, and who wish to analyze and reformulate their process, consider subject matter expansively and specifically, and leave with something new and concrete. We examine each other's working methods and objectives, formulate goals, consider the influence of other artists, carry out assignments that advance our projects, and produce something tangible, whether in the form of a book, portfolio, or public action. We consider our interests and intentions, and elaborate strategies to create a context for our work. Students may work in any format as long as they can present work digitally for class discussions. All necessary digital, printing, darkroom, film, and other relevant photographic issues are discussed.

Creating a Portrait of a Town

15MOLPV003: JUNE 29–JULY 29 | MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman
COST: $500

We have all had the experience of being shaped by places where we’ve spent a lot of time, and of being deeply impressed by places that are new to us. This course is for people who want to use photography as a way to explore and express their feelings about place in a personal way. The focus is on finding the photographic terms that allow us to successfully form subjectively accurate representations of place. Lectures and presentations include classic and contemporary masters of fine art landscape and social documentary photography. Students are encouraged to develop personal projects and bring in work for discussion and critique.

Photography I: Digital

15MOLDP000: JUNE 30–JULY 30 | TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Keisha Scarville
COST: $500

This course introduces beginners to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the basics of using cameras and imaging software to produce digital photographs. Topics include camera operation, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, RAW file formats, white balance, and composition. Using Adobe Lightroom, students learn file management and image enhancement. Lectures on historical and contemporary artwork explore creative approaches to photography, and assignments build photographic skill sets.

Prerequisite: computer literacy; digital SLR or mirrorless camera capable of shooting RAW files

Street Photography: Capturing Your City's Spirit

15MOLPJ204: JULY 13–AUGUST 13 | MONDAYS & THURSDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Natan Dvir
COST: $500

Every city in the world has a unique character and offers endless opportunities for capturing fascinating pictures along its streets that serve as a stage for a variety of unique characters and situations. In this course, students focus on capturing this special personality and vibe while developing their street photography techniques. Topics include equipment choices, lens selection, creative usage of existing light and fill-in flash, daytime vs. evening photography, photographing strangers, identifying photographic potential, capturing candid moments, and creating multilayered images. Photographs and projects of masters and contemporary photographers are discussed. Students are expected to complete weekly assignments and present their work for critique in class.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

The Psychology of Home: Picturing the Domestic

15MOLPV202: JULY 29–AUGUST 26 | WEDNESDAYS | 1–3 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Jen Davis
COST: $325

There is a long tradition of photographers turning the camera on themselves and on their families, within a domestic space, in search of a variety of things based within the psychology of the home. In this course, we look at artists whose practice is ingrained with issues based in the interior. Artists include Larry Sultan, Doug DuBois, Katy Grannan, Gregory Crewdson, Nicholas Nixon, Leigh Ledare, Malerie Marder, and Laura Letinsky. In weekly discussions and critiques, students question the complexity of domesticity with their camera by looking at relationships, intimacy, memory, issues of privacy, the inner psyche, and the narrative when working with people and place as subject. This course is for those interested in developing a body of work that explores the idea of portraiture as a form of personal exchange.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

Developing a Personal Vision

15MOLPV100: AUGUST 18–SEPTEMBER 17 | TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | 12–2 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Anja Hitzenberger
COST: $500

This class offers the emerging image maker the opportunity to refine their personal voice and direction as a photographer. Students develop a framework for finding their own expression and approach, initiating discussions about generating ideas, and confronting a subject matter. By focusing on the honing of editorial skills, students grasp the complexities of producing effective bodies of work. Assignments challenge participants to work in individual and dynamic ways; consider composition, equipment choices, media, lighting, and personal intent. Shooting and uploading images to the course page, they share and view their results with fellow students online prior to the weekly live class critique. Students work towards a final portfolio that will be completed and presented during the final class session.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

Toward a Union of Style and Evidence

15MOLPJ205: AUGUST 25–SEPTEMBER 24 | TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Ferry
COST: $500

This intensive workshop builds students' skills as documentary photographers with an emphasis on rigor, accuracy, and fairness toward the subject matter, as well as the development of personal style. These two poles—journalistic accuracy and personal expression—are often in creative tension within nonfiction photographic practice. As a medium that simultaneously reports on the outside world and functions as a powerful tool of personal expression, documentary photography plays an important role in mediating between the self and other. Through assignments, group critiques, and discussion of the work of major photographers, this workshop immerses students in the central questions of nonfiction photography. The editing of assignments is emphasized as an integral part of developing a personal style. The goal of this course is to produce a complete photographic essay suitable for publication or exhibition.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review