Students Travel to Chicago for Architectural Photography Course

A group of NYSID students traveled to Chicago this September for Mark La Rosa’s Architectural Photography Urban Landscape course. See photos from the trip here! La Rosa, a well-known architectural photographer, chose Chicago specifically because “it boasts a fantastic concentration of classic architecture and public art designed to be directly engaged by visitors.” La Rosa also said that the density of life within the urban landscape of Chicago offers a visual and vibrant subject matter to work with.

Over the course of four days, students explored a variety of cthe city’s rich and unique American architecture. They viewed the work of Louis Sullivan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd wright, Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, and Frank Gehry and visited iconic architectural sites and public are spaces such as Millennium Park, Federal Plaza, the Mondadnock Building, and the gorgeous Lakeshore Drive Residences. There was no specific theme, subject, or approach that students were required to use in their photography. Instead, La Rosa encouraged creativity above all else. “I told them to be as imaginative as they want to be with their photos and to use the cityscape as a starting point for their own creative voices.”

Phyllis Greer