Senior Faculty Associate in Film and Photography
Kane has taught film and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His photographs are exhibited nationally and have received awards in juried exhibitions. His most recent photography reflects his interest in the inhabited landscape through a lyrical treatment of recreational life along a twenty-mile stretch of the Connecticut River.
This offering of Photography Workshop 1 will be an introduction to current practices in monochrome photography. We will cover all the basics of camera skills, framing and composition, working with ambient as well as artificial lighting, editing, printing, and sequencing photographic series. Students will choose to work with 35mm analog cameras or digital cameras to complete their assignments and projects. Labs will cover analog and digital workflows limited to monochrome applications. In tandem with these technical approaches, we will examine historic and contemporary photographic practices and photographers. Through readings, discussions, and critiques, students will learn how to critically read and interpret photographs while developing meaningful photographic work. Along with the Tuesday afternoon class, students will be required to attend one of the two evening lab sessions conducted by a teaching assistant.
At its core, this course will explore the history, concept, and craft of the photographic print, considering the materiality of photographs amid digital creation. Students will study an array of image-making techniques, investigate the form images assume from screen to print, and analyze the evolving definition of what makes an image a photograph in today's terms. In tandem, we will explore sequence in narrative and non-narrative traditions with the goal of creating an engaging and cohesive photography series. Through a combination of workshops, readings, and critiques, the class will offer a critical examination into the nature of digital and analog photography, challenging students to define their practice within a historical and contemporary context. As a studio class, students will refine their printing techniques and further develop their sequencing skills as they continue developing a unique photographic language, giving shape and form to the way they see. The course is designed for intermediate and advanced photography students.
This workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of B&W photography, stop-motion animation, and 16mm analog filmmaking. Students will be expected to learn the basics of these media formats and present work for class critique. Contemporary and historical photographic and film works will be shown and discussed as will assigned critical readings. Students taking this course will be expected to produce two to three extended final projects over the duration of the semester, working individually and in collaboration with others in the class. Engaged participation is a critical component of this course and it will, along with an end of the semester portfolio, figure prominently in course evaluations.
This course will explore the photographic techniques of cyanotype, platinum/palladium and carbon printing processes. Students will be introduced to historic and contemporary photographers using these and other alternative print processes. Workshops, readings, and critique will be integrating into the technical aspects of this class. While there will be an emphasis on technical application in this course, the overall objective is to explore alternative processes that will offer students handmade, creative options in their photographic practice. Engaged participation is a critical component of this course and it will, along with an end-of-semester portfolio, figure prominently in course evaluations.
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.