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Bielawski – Sundays, May 9-30, 1-2:30 pm (In-person)


In this four-session course, we will learn to operate a film camera and to expose film properly for light with shutter speed and F-stop. We will focus on composition techniques and study the work of other important photographers including Walker Evans, Sally Mann, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and An-My Lê among others. This is a composition class, not a darkroom one! Negatives will be developed and printed outside of class so that we can focus on developing the photographic eye. Prior experience with film photography is welcomed, but not at all required.


About the Instructor:

Morgan Bielawski is a writer and photographer from Northern California. She honed her photography skills at Bard College in Upstate N.Y. with professors Stephen Shore and An-My Lê; there she developed a passionate interest in film photography. Morgan writes primarily short stories and nonfiction; her work has been published in The Documentarian, Lux, and Sui Generis. She also translates stories and poems from Russian and Middle English to (Modern) English. Morgan has a BA in Written Arts, and two academic concentrations: one in film photography, and another in Russian. In her spare time, Morgan plays and records American folk music and looks after her two fish.



– A 35mm film camera with a lens (fixed focal length of 50mm or 28mm is best, but variable lenses are welcome too)

– Ilford xP2 400 speed black and white film (1 roll of 36 frames required, more are encouraged!) You can buy film here.

– A light meter if your camera does not have one built in.



– Development and printing fee: $25 per rolls of film. One roll of film is required for class, more are welcomed!

If the fees or camera requirement are an issue or a barrier to class, please contact the instructor!


In-person classes offered during the pandemic are conducted at a low maximum capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Students are required to sign a liability waiver before attending in-person classes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online or in-person classes offered during the pandemic.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off the cost of this course!