Finding Your Own Photographic Voice

Jamil Hellu
10 Sessions » Mondays, June 2–August 4
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 16A | $400

This course welcomes photographers who use any photographic format, from film cameras, digital SLR to cell-phone cameras

This course is meant to help each student find his/her own photographic vision. Open to beginners and professionals alike, it is a course that will emphasize the development of each student’s own way of seeing photographically to best create a refined portfolio of creative images. The course will focus on shaping a photographic project into a coherent whole. Through discussions and critiques, we will explore what makes a well thought out image, and how to edit photographs effectively to form unified groups. Along with analyzing the work of important photographers who have historically contributed to the development of the photographic artistic medium, we will engage in thoughtful discussions about how to take your photography to the next level.

“Jamil is an amazing, generous teacher with a wealth of information to pass on. He acknowledges the strengths of each student’s work while also gracefully encouraging the confrontation of weak points.” –Advanced Photography Critique Seminar student, 2012

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Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University and holds a BFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. He was selected for a six-month residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. Hellu is the recipient of the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010. He was also selected for the resident artist program at San Francisco Recology in 2014. Hellu has taught photography at Stanford University, Diablo Valley College, and UC Berkeley Extension.


Jamil Hellu
Lightening Rod and Love Bolt (Guardians of the Golden Gate), 2012
Digital pigment print
30 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist