Finding Your Vision in Black & White: What the Masters Can Teach Us with Leo Lubow


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Finding Your Vision in Black & White: What the Masters Can Teach Us

Instructor:  Leo Lubow

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August 31, 2024 - October 5, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Saturday, 10:00AM ET - 12:00PM ET  

In Person at Homewood Campus



Course Description: Black and white photography is a fine art medium that actually affords greater creative opportunities than those available in color. In this projector-driven course, we will review and discuss the work of such B&W masters as Ralph Gibson, Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna, Ray K. Metzker, W. Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Arnold Newman, Alan Schaller, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Aaron Siskind, Garry Winogrand, and Diane Arbus as we wrestle with the question: what makes a great B&W photograph? Focusing on tone, texture, form, point of view, visual metaphor, narrative and the like, we’ll identify the elements that comprise a fine-art B&W image, all toward one end: to help you refine both your eye and craft as you shape your own special vision. Our emphasis on composition also will help those interested in refining their color photography. In the last class, students will be encouraged but not required to show their own work. 

Please take note: portions of this course overlap with the professor’s classic street photography course (traditionally offered in the spring), albeit often with a different emphasis.

skill level: all levels, from beginner to advanced.


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ABOUT Leo Howard Lubow

Leo Howard Lubow is a writer, educator, and award-winning photographer who specializes in portraits, headshots, commercial & promotional images, and fine art prints. His work has appeared in various publications and media, including Simon & Schuster, The Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, The Luminous Landscape, The Baltimore Sun, NBC Sports,, Baltimore Magazine, Style Magazine and American Dog Magazine.  Lubow has also photographed pro-bono over 250 billboards/posters for the Show Your Soft Side Campaign, an anti-animal abuse effort that enjoys a world-wide audience. 

In his personal work, Lubow’s interest lies in the individual or lone traveler, separated from the mainstream of life, whether it be a jazz musician lost in the music, a sailboat racing a storm, a street artist with no audience, or a displaced person sleeping beneath a billboard of vampires.  In short, he looks for emotional resonance in the isolated moment. 

Lubow lives in Owings Mills, Maryland with his wife, Annette, and their two dogs, one of whom is very bad. 

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Saturday, August 31, 2024
10:00am EDT

Saturday, October 5, 2024
12:00pm EDT

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