Assistant Professor of Photography
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.
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 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.
What is a photograph in the world of the pixel? Why print images? Why make photographs? This course will explore the history, concept and craft of the photographic print, considering the materiality of photographs amid digital creation. You will study an array of image making techniques, investigate the shape images take from screen to sculpture and analyze the changing and often contentious definition of a photograph. Through a combination of workshops, readings, critiques and fieldtrips, the class will offer a critical examination into the nature of digital and analog photography, challenging you to define your practice within a historical and contemporary context. You will refine your printing techniques as you begin to develop a unique photographic language, giving shape to the way you see. Over the course of the semester you will be exposed to an array of techniques and ideas; you will hopefully develop a set of skills - material and critical - that will deepen your approach to making photographs. This is primarily a studio class and as such the emphasis will be on your production of new images - more proficiently using photographic tools, more cognizant of your techniques.