Street Photography – History, Composition, Practice

Fakultät: Architektur und Urbanistik, Studiengang: Architektur (M.Sc.)

It is through pictures that we perceive the city. Piazza San Marco, el Malecón, or the streets of our hometown? Pictures, mixed with memories and atmospheres. And we think in pictures, when we design squares or urban spaces, when we think of a place we want to live or a home we envision.

Often it is about pictures in our mind, created by the experience of a place we have really been to – but maybe more often we think of photographs from the internet, from a book, a movie, an advertisement. These pictures are preformatted, they were made and often edited by someone, they construct a certain view and may become part of a public memory.

Some of the earliest photographs showed scenes of a city and ever since photographing the city has become a genre of its own: street photography. In the first part of this seminar we will learn about how photographs shaped our image of Paris or New York, how they interpreted the city, how they turned urban space into two-dimensional compositions and pictures of people on the street into social studies.

The seminar’s second part is an experiment: We design our own image of the city. If it is a cell phone, a digital camera or an old-fashioned analog reflex camera – we will take snapshots or composed photographs to get to an understanding of how we interpret the city by taking pictures.


Vera Heinemann, Aryn Machell, Serena Rubino, Elizabeth Arizpe, Ferdinand Bauer, Raimonds Galuza, Timo Gigler, Eva Körber, Ricarda Litters, Tim Mahn, Maryam Sarshar, Franziska Weidenhagen, Clarissa Corrêa da Silva, Pegah Karimnejad Esfahani, Lisa Hannebohn, Momo Hitsuta, Theresa Kaiser, Alexia Laferté Coutu, Jazmine McLay, Sabina Mierzowski, Anne Miethe, Ana Marija Pinto, Baptiste Quételart, Martha Salinas, Carl Ydergård


Vertr. Prof. Dr. Steffen de Rudder

Art der Präsentation

Ausstellung / exhibition


Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 8 - Hauptgebäude / main building


Galerie 2. Stock

Dieses Projekt nimmt am Bauhaus Essentials 2014 & GRAFE Kreativpreis teil.

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