Concepts of Cognitive Composition

Concepts Of Cognitive Composition™

Short Form – 2.5 Hours

Our five part Cognitive Composition™ Workshop is our most popular and well received offering at the PCP. We also consider it to be our most important workshop as it deals with “seeing” photographs and merging the use of your camera’s capabilities to purposefully and thoughtfully create images that reflect your view of reality. However, we recognize that scheduling and other demands of life sometimes makes attending extended workshops difficult. To make the basic concepts of the theory of Cognitive Composition™ (developed by the PCP’s Executive Director, Henry Rowan) more available, we have decided to offer a short-form version.  

The workshop merges Gestalt principles of composition with the thoughts of a French philosopher with Henry’s concept of “Non-Existent Imagery.” Sound boring? It’s not, in fact it is quite the opposite!

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If you want to take your photography to the next level you have to really understand what you are shooting and why… and that’s what Cognitive Composition™ is all about. It’s about thinking, reasoning, relating, perceiving, applying, and, ultimately, creating art. If you are happy just snapping away at anything and everything, this probably isn’t the course for you. If you are looking to take your work to the next level, you’ll find this to be a great way to spend a Saturday morning! 

$65.00 Non-Members, $50.00 Members (5 participant min)

Run several times per year. Please email us for the next scheduled session.



Workshop and Class Venue

PA Center For Photography 

181 East Court Street 

Doylestown, Pa 18901 

(The building that has the circular driveway with stone pillars diagonally across from Salem Church.) Click for more specific directions: 

Registration and Payment

Please send check payable to “PA Center for Photography” to:


c/o Henry Rowan

3962 Regina Place

Doylestown, PA 18902

The PCP reserves the right to cancel if fewer than 5 people register for the workshop.