Past Program

FRANCE - Photography in Paris

Paris, also known as the City of Light, is the catalyst for inspiring students of all levels of photography to develop technical skills and to explore photographic process as personal creative expression.

Led by Thalassa Raasch (Critic, Photography)


Wintersession Travel Course
  • Paris, France
Winter 2020

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2020 — Jan 31, 2020

Open to RISD students, Brown University students

Minimum 2.5 GPA required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of EFS.

  • History of photography
  • Film Photography
  • exhibition visits
  • Camera raw
  • Adobe Photoshop
Program Partners

Speos Paris Photographic Institute

Academic Credits
  • Photography
Course Numbers
  • PHOTO-W651

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, some group meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance. Airfare not included.

France: Photography in Paris
Paris, France 2019
France: Photography in Paris
Paris, France 2019
France: Photography in Paris
Paris, France 2019

About this course

Over a period of four weeks, students will come to know well the magnificent city of Paris with its abundant museums, significant architecture, atmospheric parks and intimate cafes. In discussions on the work of past and contemporary photographers, in-group critiques which investigate "learning how to see" and how to create "good" photographs, and in individual meetings, students are encourage to respond in unique ways to photographic problems. The class begins with the use of film and the black and white analog darkroom. Students are encouraged to have a 35mm SLR film camera or larger. Using film and the 35mm camera as the beginning tool for employing the visual language of art, students will process film and print in the well-appointed and maintained facility of the Photography Studies in France (Speos). Once everyone has worked in the darkroom, we will move onto working with digital cameras and it is hoped that students will have a DSLR. In support of the digital part of the class there will be classes in Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and a special class in creating a perfect file for output at a lab.

In addition, field trips outside the city will introduce students to the countryside, as well as afford further photographic opportunities. The study of photography in Paris is sure to have an impact on the creative life of a student at any level of photography in immeasurable ways!

Featured Photos, unless otherwise noted: Josh Bonnenberg PH 21, Wintersession 2019

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In Wintersession 2020, RISD Global offered 6 creative and culturally immersive art, design, and Liberal Arts courses in 4 diverse locations around Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America.

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