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Outdoor Street Photography

In this outdoor course, students will gain hands-on experience and learn how to create engaging images of people in public spaces. Students will gain a greater appreciation for the development of the genre of street photography and its practitioners with the AGO's neighborhood as inspiration. Emerging in the 19th century, street photography reveals the medium’s ability to represent the liveliness of street culture. This in-person course is intended for students who are familiar with the controls of their camera or mobile device. Instruction will start from the Art Gallery of Ontario and in the neighborhood for direct observation.

Students are asked to bring their receipt (printed or digital) and meet your instructor at the south doors of the AGO in Grange Park. Rain or Shine: Should inclement weather occur, students will be notified by the email used to register for the course.

Terms and Conditions of Participation 

Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to the start of class. 

Participants must be 18 or older. 


Week 1: Meet at Grange Park, south entrance doors of AGO off Beverley Street. Introduction to the course. Discussion of equipment and camera controls. Students will observe and photograph the behavior of people in the park and the surrounding area.

Week 2:  Meet at Bellevue Square in Kensington Market. Students will observe and photograph the interaction of individuals and groups of people.

Week 3: Meet at Nathan Phillips Square. Students will observe and photograph tourists visiting the area surrounding Toronto City Hall and including Osgoode Hall.

Week 4: Meet at the Front Street entrance to St. Lawrence Market. Students will continue to observe and photograph the public as they interact with the surroundings.

Week 5: Meet at a location decided by the students’ in the previous class.


  • A camera: can be a mobile device or digital camera 

  • Fully charged battery: We will be outside for this class. There will not be a way to charge your device.                                                                    

  • Memory: Either a Compact Flash or an SD card for your camera with lots of free space on your mobile device. 

  • Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. 

These are the recommended materials for this course. On your first day of class, your instructor may recommend additional optional materials. 



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Thursdays, - | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (5 weeks)



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