Assistant Professor of Photography
Mandle photographs the intersection of people, their environments and beliefs - focusing on the spaces where lives and ideologies coalesce. She is the recipient of a 2010 Artist Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and she received an Individual Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council. Photographs from her series 'Reconciliation' were featured at the 25th Hyères Photography Festival in France and her work has been widely exhibited.
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 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.
Photography's history is rich with diverse theories and practices of community engagement and documentation; in this class students will contribute their own approach. Throughout the semester students will work closely with older members of the Amherst community, photographing together, participating in critiques and exploring photography's ability to communicate. As a class we will study the array of historical and contemporary artists who intertwine social involvement with artistic detachment and students will be required to write and photograph extensively in response to their experiences. In addition, students will curate their narratives and the class photographs into a final exhibition. Prior photography experience is not required; it is required that students be able to listen empathetically and work well independently.
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.
This is a hybrid studio-seminar course for students in the studio arts and photography. The course will critically engage with many prevalent themes shared among contemporary visual arts of all disciplines. Weekly student presentations and adaptive critiques will take place alongside reading discussions, screenings, and artist presentations and at least one field trip. Students will develop their art-making/photography-making practice in dialogue with expanded contemporary art practices. This course is for intermediate students in all disciplines who are interested in incorporating a thematic approach to their art making.