Assistant Professor of Photography
Analog photography is an introduction to traditional, darkroom-based, B&W photography. In this class, we will cover basic camera and darkroom skills, including the use of medium format cameras, exposing and developing film, and making traditional 8x10 silver gelatin prints. In addition to acquiring a working knowledge of analogue techniques, the class will concentrate on how to critically read and interpret photographs by engaging in weekly critiques of students' work.
The focus of this course is the development of a semester-long photographic project. Students will acquire the technical and critical skills needed to create and sustain an in-depth body of work. They will plan, research and edit a project with the aim of effectively conveying complex narratives, ideas and questions through images. The class will also focus on refining critique skills, writing about art, and researching funding for projects. Artist visits and presentations will further acquaint students with contemporary photographic practices and the potential of long-form photographic work.
This course is a thorough introduction to color photography. Weekly project-based assignments and critiques address students' aesthetic and technical progress; readings and discussions will introduce students to historical and contemporary art practices, with an emphasis on current photographic theory. Lab sessions will cover a range of techniques including the nuances of color, color film, digital capture, color management and archival inkjet printing. An additional lab workshop will meet once a week for two hours.
We are living through a golden age of photobooks. The last few years have seen an explosion of renewed interest in the artistic and narrative possibilities of the book. We will explore this resurgence within the context of the history of photography, paying special attention to the changes in technology that have allowed for the growth of small press/DYI publishing and studying examples of notable works that have recently emerged. Students will create their own books as well, and will learn strategies which will help translate their photography into a variety of formats, ranging from 'zines to full monographs. Students will learn to edit and sequence their images; they will study basic design principles and create book layouts using Adobe InDesign; they will hand-produce books and will explore available options for on-demand printing using services such as MagCloud and Blurb.
In this course, students will learn to evaluate and interpret images by considering their social and cultural function and examining their potential to create meaning and communicate ideas. Students will consider how they currently create and consume images, and thereby explore the influence of images on their lives. Via lectures, readings and discussions, and engaging with topics spanning the history of photography, critical theory, mass and social media, and contemporary photographic practice, students will explore the possibilities of the image as language, and as an art form capable of articulating their personal vision. In relation to this wider context students will produce a visual journal using a variety of image making devices and will utilize content sharing sites like Instagram and Tumblr as a vehicle to curate and present a personal narrative for class discussion and critique.