Assistant Professor of Photography
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.
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.
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.