Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography
Tristan Tzara described Man Ray's photograms as "ineffably charged with dreams like the geological layers that we use for bed sheets." In this course students will explore the magic - and some physics - of photograms and other lensless photographic techniques. This class is a foundational photography course and will cover the fundamentals of the darkroom and the basics of photography through a range of light capturing processes such as photograms, pinhole cameras, printing out paper, photomontage and camera obscuras. Assignments, readings, collaborative projects, and field trips will give students the opportunity to practice and develop their own language around photographic abstraction and produce a coherent body of work. This course will include a mandatory lab.
Photography Workshop I - Analog is an introduction to the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the medium of photography. Through a series of assignments, students will learn the craft of analog photography including correct exposure and metering, black-and-white film processing and printing in the darkroom, and presentation techniques. Slide lectures will cover key points of the medium's history and introduce a variety of contemporary photographers. Form, content and ideas relating to portraiture, documentary, narrative, and landscape will be incorporated into assignments and discussed. In-Class critiques will provide a forum for students to give each other constructive feedback. The final project will require students to identify a core artistic concern and develop a project that engages them in the world around them. The goal of the course is to provide students with foundational technical skills and an environment where they can grow as perceptive image-makers, critical thinkers and engaged human beings.