Assistant Professor of Photography
In this course we will engage with documentary photography with an eye toward changes in its practice as effected by digital technologies and the growth of the web. We will consider the history of documentary photographic practice and reflect on the concerns that surround its relationship to storytelling, truth, and the ethics of representation. By covering topics related to news on the web, citizen journalism, blogging, and other means of web distribution, and by using available forms of digital capture, from phones to DSLRs, students will develop their own documentary projects with the goal of creating web-magazine style features to display and detail the stories they will investigate. This course requires no prior experience in photography.
This course is designed to give students the space to workshop their independent DIV III projects among fellow photographers and filmmakers, as well as facilitating the development of skills and language needed to contextualize and describe their work. Over the course of the semester we will emphasize method and process, asking questions like; what is my work trying to achieve? What are my influences? How can I best articulate these? Rigorous critique will help students resolve their work and hone their techniques of expression. This course will also include readings general to the class and specific to students' projects. We will also work on writing artist statements, project statements, and ersatz press releases, giving students practical written experience which will be critically useful when writing retrospectives and later in their professional careers when applying for grants and exhibitions.
Photo I is an introduction to analogue B&W photography. In this class we will cover basic camera and darkroom skills, including the use of medium and large 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 frequent critiques of student's work.
The focus of this course is the development of a semester-long photographic project. In this class students will acquire the skills needed to create and sustain long-term bodies of work. Students will learn to plan, research and edit, write artist statements, and through rigorous critiques, refine their ideas with the aim of effectively conveying complex narratives through images. Artist visits and presentations will further acquaint students with contemporary photographic practice and the possibilities of long-form photographic work.
Rather than just showing you how to take good photos, "this course will challenge you to investigate, through practice, how photographic images "make" meaning. Project-based assignments allow for developing personal content while advancing technical skills. Lab sessions will introduce current digital workflow practices including image capture, color management, digital darkroom software techniques, asset management and archival inkjet printing. Photography will be practiced and discussed within the context of contemporary art and digital culture, with an emphasis on developing vocabularies for the interpretation and critical analysis of image content. Readings and lectures on historical and contemporary practices will provide context for assignments and regular in-class critiques of student work. An additional lab workshop will meet once a week for two hours.
We are currently living through a new golden age of photobooks. The last few years have seen an explosion of renewed interest in the artistic and narrative possibilities of this form. We will explore this resurgence within the context of the history of photography and photobooks, 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 the photograph 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.
This class is a forum in which students can develop their creative vision in photography through the acquisition of advanced camera and printing skills. Students can expect bi- weekly assignments, with a focus on long-term project development. Reading and writing assignment will expose students to contemporary photographers and theory. Students will participate in mandatory weekly labs and as well as attend visiting artist lectures, exhibitions and screenings. Instructor Permission required. Photography I is a prerequisite.