The Language of Vision

with Maria Finitzo

May 6 – 23, 2024

Mondays and Thursdays; 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

Course Description

The American photographer Walker Evans believed that a photograph could capture a moment with cultural resonance while also going beyond specificities to evoke a state of mind. Similarly, Alfred Stieglitz used the word equivalents to title images he made of clouds, positioning them as metaphors for psychological or emotional states.

How do we harness the power of metaphor in our own work to create a photograph that embodies an emotion or state of mind? When writers or poets want to evoke an emotional reaction from their readers, they combine images and objects to establish relationships that evoke that emotion. They draw upon the language of vision. 

Documentary filmmaker and photographer Maria Finitzo is first and foremost a storyteller, and in her new online workshop, we study the work of photographers who understand how to construct images that operate on multiple levels—learning, in the process, methods for accomplishing the same in our own work.

As we explore this rich subject, we strive to create images that are purposeful, precise, and fresh. When not making our own photographs, we discuss images and review the work of fellow participants. Join Maria and challenge yourself to take an expanded approach—poetic and transcendent—to the practice of photography.

Additional Information

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Participants should be comfortable with digital workflow and manual mode on their digital SLR or mirrorless camera. You must be able to download and select images using image-editing software for workshop sessions. Proficiency in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting May 6 and ending May 23 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Creative Vision, History of Photography, One-of-a-Kind
© Joe Mazza
Maria Finitzo

Maria Finitzo is a photographer, screenwriter, director, and three-time Peabody Award–winning filmmaker who has won every major broadcast award, including the Alfred I. duPont Award. Her films explore different realms of storytelling by investigating important social issues of the day, and for 30-plus years, she was an associate of four-time Oscar-nominated Kartemquin Films, whose storytelling tradition follows the tenets of cinéma vérité filmmaking. In 2020, after completing her final film, The Dilemma of Desire, which premiered at SXSW and was screened at more than 80 festivals worldwide, Maria returned to photography to explore the power of visual narrative and metaphorical resonance.

Instagram: @finitzo

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