• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Digital Arts & Photography

ONLINE Magic Hour: Urban and Street Photography

With its range of architectural styles, quirky neighborhoods filled with rich cultural diversity, and vernacular histories, Toronto has become one of the most photographed cities much like New York City. Using film or digital cameras, students will create a body of work featuring various neighborhoods, returning to the same spot each week to further their investigation into what makes a place unique, both during the day and at night. We will engage the architectural visual composition of the city—structures, people, vehicles, light, and all of the clutter of the chaotic street scene—into well-thought-out and organized photographs, while always allowing for the unexpected surprise.

Technical aspects of architectural photography will be thoroughly explained and practiced. Weekly assignments will be discussed in a group setting. The course will include field trips and presentations on historic and contemporary architectural photographers with a myriad of styles such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Vivian Maier, Fred Herzog, Lee Freidlander, Saul Leiter etc.

6 Weeks: Base Tuition: $265 

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Basic computer fluency is required. 


Notes: Instructor Jessica Thalmann has been teaching at TSA since Spring 2018.  She is an artist, curator and educator currently based in Toronto and New York City. She received a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College and a BFA in Visual Arts from York University and has worked at numerous galleries in Canada and the US. Thalmann has taught at the International Centre for Photography, Akin Collective, MacLaren Art Centre, Toronto School of Art, Gallery 44 and City College of New York. She has shown at various venues in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flash Forward Festival, Gallery TPW, Angell Gallery, Art Spin, Hashtag Gallery, Whippersnapper Gallery, Nuit Blanche, the Artist Project, VIVO Media Arts Center, Aperture Foundation, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of New York and Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
020Jessica ThalmannOct. 22, 2020 to Nov. 26, 2020
TERM - ONLINE Fall 2020
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
6-week courses$265.00

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts in case you need to return items.

  • Digital camera (DSLR preferred) or film camera (35mm or 120mm)
  • Fully charged camera battery(s)
  • An empty SD card, or various rolls of film
  • Harddrive
  • Lapto