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Penn Charter’s photography curriculum aims to foster students':

  • Ability to identify the aesthetic, conceptual and narrative dimensions of photographs (visual/pictorial literacy)
  •  Familiarity with the history of photography, and contemporary art photography
  •  Awareness of photographic genres, including:
    • Landscape
    • Portraiture
    • Documentary
    • Journalism
    • Travel
    • Conceptual
    • Wildlife
  • Working knowledge of the manual camera controls, and photographic aesthetics
  • Intentional use of framing, camera angle, depth of field, shutter speed in composing photographs
  • Functional knowledge of basic digital darkroom techniques
  • Ability to identify subjects and strategies that are personally meaningful and possibly socially significant
  • Awareness of diverse presentational strategies for art photography
  • Skill in using online photographic archives
  • Understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues relating to photography

The curriculum includes activities that engage critical reading, technical experimentation and creative exploration in photography.

We offer both beginning and advanced photography courses. The beginning course introduces students to the social, technical and aesthetic dimensions of photography. Our advanced course offers students the opportunity to develop individual directions in photography, to assemble a portfolio, and the option of learning black and white film photography, film processing and basic darkroom skills.  We have a fleet of Nikon D40 cameras, Pentax SLR cameras, a digital studio with Photoshop and Lightroom software, and a fully equipped darkroom.


Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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