Urban Photography

In preparation for our field trip to Boston, students are looking at examples of urban photography. Students will shoot black and white film or color digital images on the trip. Students will be asked to look for and photograph architecture, people, details and design. Students will be challenged to capture the essence of city life, culturally and visually.

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photo by Vivian Maier

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Photo by Joel Meyerowitz

Download and look at the full slideshow of urban / street photography here:

Lecture – Street Photography field trip

Photography Photo Expedition to Boston

If you are going on the photography field trip, please read the following. Your teacher will give you the standard school field trip permission form for your parents to sign. 

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We are planning a field trip for a full day, on May 1st, to Boston to shoot photographs. This trip will give the students an opportunity to document urban subjects, like people and architecture. This will also help advanced students understand the many great photographers they have studied this year, who spent their careers exploring big cities with cameras in their hands. We hope to get great new material to print by year’s end!


We will get ourselves to Boston by train and walk through a variety of interesting locations, capturing images as we go. We will have lunch in Chinatown and take the train home, returning by the end of the school day.


We will be taking the Commuter Rail from Concord to Porter Square, where we will transfer to the MBTA Red Line Inbound to South Street Station. We will explore a some of Fort Point Channel, then walk into Chinatown. We will have lunch in Chinatown before walking to the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, and the State Capitol building. We will re enter the “T” at Park Street, take the Red Line back to Porter Square, and the Commuter Rail back to Concord.

Here is a map of our tour, (getting off the T at South Station at about 9:30am and reentering Park Street at about 1pm):

Chaperones and Guidelines

Students will be accompanied by a chaperone in groups of four or five, but will be encouraged to spread out a bit to explore their environment and to take photos (photo taking in a herd doesn’t work well!). Each student will carry a map and be told how far they can wander—no more than a city block away from an adult—when to reconvene at each stage. Students should bring a cell phone to stay in contact with their chaperone and their teacher. On this field trip, students will need to be responsible for their camera, the time and themselves. If you have concerns about your students readiness for this field trip, you should decline to consent. Students who do not go with us will be given an alternative assignment to be completed during the school day.

 Field trip expense*

The field trip will cost about $30-$40. Students should bring money with them for the train and lunch. There is no fee, and nothing to be paid to the school.

  • Students should bring $21 for trains ($16 for the Commuter Rail, plus $5 for the Boston T).
  • Student should also bring $10-15 for food—we will eat lunch in Chinatown.

* Please contact the teacher Adam Gooder at agooder@colonial.net if you have questions or concerns about the field trip expense.


Digital Photo to do (last week old building)

Josef Sudek. 'Still-life after Caravaggio, Variation No 2 (or a night-time Variation)' from "Labyrinths" (1956)
Josef Sudek. ‘Still-life after Caravaggio, Variation No 2 (or a night-time Variation)’ from “Labyrinths” (1956)
  1. Read your evaluation from Mr. Gooder
  2. Finish your 48 hour photo project (Diary) post (if you haven’t already)
  3. Write down your computer number
  4. New Post #1: Research a camera or other photo technology! OPTIONS INCLUDE:
    1. Hot new digital cameras
    2. Hot new techniques
    3. Hot old film technology (toy cameras, alt process, or other trends)
    4. Hot hybrid film/ digital techniques
    5. Hot new artist working with digital technology
  5. New Post #2: Other work (not an assignment…) OPTIONS INCLUDE:
    1. Scan and post past work (i.e. Black and white)
    2. Digital photos you have been shooting but not for a project, with a short description
    3. A story about a photo taking experience (with images to back it up!)