50 Free Photography Lectures

Posted by David Ozanich — 1 Oct 2010


If you were a perennial college student for much of your 20s like me, you no doubt love nothing more than a good old fashioned lecture! Amirite? It was that love for musty smelling classrooms and even mustier smelling professors that piqued my interest in “50 Fantastic Open Lectures for Photographers.” It’s a collection of 50 free (that’s right, kids, FREE!) recorded talks available with the click of a mouse on subjects that should appeal to almost any photographer. They are broken into such categories as Photographers, Creativity, Photojournalism, Technology, Environment, and History.

So here’s the deal: This ended up in our JPG inbox unsolicited from someplace called OnlineSchools.org. I’m not really sure just what their purpose is so don’t take this post as an endorsement of their programs, especially if you have to pay for anything. THAT SAID, all these lectures are free and I’ve spent the past while clicking through some very interesting stuff. So I’d recommend getting out that blazer and pipe and maybe even a little scotch and settling in for some scholarly conversation.

Like I said, there are 50 different choices, but these are a few of my favorites after a brief perusal of the choices.

  • Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame gives a TED talk on the nature of creativity. This came across my desk a few months back and whatever your feelings about Ms. Gilbert (mine are neutral at best) this was worth a listen.
  • Miru Kim, a Korean photographer, gives another TED talk on her underground photography with urban explorers. The TED website describes some of her work this way: “Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus.”
  • White House Photographers discuss their work documenting the presidency.
  • Famed documentarian Ken Burns discusses “documenting history.”
  • Alfred Steiglitz’s photography of Georgia O’Keefe is the jumping off point for this discussion of the two artists’ work.

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