Developing Personal Vision

05/01/2021 – 05/29/2021
Sat, 11am – 1pm PST

Course Description

The emphasis for this class is placed on developing a personal vision, exploring concepts, subject matter, and self-expression. Attention is directed to the fundamental act of looking and the process of perception and how photography can record what we see and think about. With a concentration on individual surroundings and environment, students are encouraged to reconsider the traditional functions and expectations of photography and strive for a more personal investigation of picture-making. Any medium can be used for this class (black & white, color, digital, etc.).


Solid basic photographic knowledge is required. The instructor will lead insightful, engaging critiques of student work, assign a theme & give individual feedback on the progress of the work. The work of noted, master photographers will be introduced.


Grant Rusk
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Dates and Time

May 1 – May 29, 2021
Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm, PST
5 Sessions

Class Platform

Virtual/Online (Zoom)

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Class Fee



Registration opens: Mar 1, 2021, 10 am PST
Last day for registration: Apr 24, 2021, 12:00 am PST

Instructor Bio – Grant Rusk

Grant Rusk received his master’s degree in art from Cal State Fullerton in 1973. He came of age as a photographer in the early 1970s when the importance and meaning of photography as a fine art was widely debated in the art world. Through the establishment of several important graduate programs in fine art photography at the University of California’s Los Angeles and Irvine campus as well as the California Institute of the Arts and California State University, Fullerton, Southern California began to attract national and international attention for the diversity of photo-based artwork produced in the region. He was deeply influenced by an approach to landscape photography developed in Southern California that came to be known as “New Topographics”. Rusk’s photographs have been included in numerous prestigious group exhibitions including Seismic Shift: Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and the California Landscape Photography 1944-1984, American Photography in the 1970s, Discovering the River: Perspectives on the L.A. River Watershed, Landscape Now, Emerging Los Angeles Photographers, and Eight Los Angeles Photographers. His photographs are in the collections of the California Museum of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, Bancroft Library, George Eastman Museum, among others.

Photo by Dave Christensen