January 12, 2022

Street Shots: Five Photographers Who Document the Urban Landscape, with John Kerans

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Online: 6-7pm CST

There are few events that command our attention like the fleeting dramas of everyday street life, small moments that catch our eye, but then are gone forever. In an effort to preserve those small moments, some photographers like to prowl the streets, creating memorable images that put people in context and give the audience “a sense of time and place” that will last forever.

In this lecture, we’ll discuss the work of five such street photographers and examine their memorable images: Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Gilden, Berenice Abbott.

So too, we will try to answer three questions:

  • What motivates their work?
  • How do they determine the right place from which to get the shot?
  • What is the nature of their relationship with those whom they photograph?

John Kerans – a life-long journalist – is a graduate of the Army’s photojournalism school who later earned his BA in photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. In civilian life, his journalism career has included stints as a reporter in Chicago, an assignment editor in Minneapolis, a TV news director in Des Moines.

Since 2015, John has been an instructor for the Digital Photography Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education at STLCC, Saint Louis Community College. Prior to STLCC, he taught at Arizona State, Scottsdale College and the University of Kansas. John holds a community college teaching certificate from Arizona State, and earned an MA in advertising at Lindenwood University.

Each year since 2013, John has judged entries in the annual journalism competition sponsored by the New York Press Club, evaluating material from the likes of NBC Dateline, Time Magazine and The New Yorker.

Image: © Bruce Davidson



Admission: $10 Non-Members/$5 Seniors & Students/Members & Military Free

Street Shots: 5 Photographers Who Document the Urban Landscape

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