S. Billie Mandle, assistant professor of photography, received her B.A. in English and biology from Williams College and an M.F.A. in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was previously a visiting assistant professor at Mass Art and faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has also been a visiting artist at schools throughout the U.S.
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.
This course emphasizes three objectives: first, the acquisition of basic photographic skills, including composition, exposure, processing, and printing in the black and white darkroom; second, familiarity with historical and contemporary movements in photography and the development of visual literacy; third, the deepening and expanding of a personal way of seeing. This course will be taught using medium and large format cameras. Cameras will be available through media services. Students will have weekly photographing and printing assignments and, in addition, will complete a portfolio by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: 100 level course in Introduction to Media Arts, any art, photo or film history/theory course, or another art class (drawing, painting, sculpture, film) Required lab: 2 hours outside of class time per week. LAB W/TH ?
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. Prerequisite: This course is for intermediate students in all disciplines who are interested in incorporating a thematic approach to their art making.
Hampshire Media Arts: This course is the foundation for the core curriculum in media arts at Hampshire College in Film/Video, Photography, Performance and Installation art centering on the analysis and production of visual images. Students are expected to learn to read visual images by focusing on the development of art forms and their relationship to their historical and cultural context (economic, historical, political, intellectual and artistic) from which they came. Areas explored in depth will include the beginning of photography and cinema, from the camera obscura to the Lumiere brothers; Pictorialism, Documentary, Dada, Surrealism, Russian Constructivism, Experimental and Structuralist filmmaking, Feminist Performance Art and Identity Politics. Faculty members in the media arts will present their own work as producers/artists/critics and thinkers. Students will read a variety of seminal text including: Walter Benjamin on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction;" Susan Sontag's ""On Photography; several chapters of Eisentein's Film Form, Bazin's "What is Cinema"; Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleassure and the Narrative Cinema" etc. Attendance at weekly technical workshops and film screenings is required. Technical workshops will include video cameras, sound recording, lighting, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro editing. Class assignment/projects will all be visually based.
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 Prerequisites: Introduction to Media Arts, Art History or Photographic History course or its equivalent in studio arts."
"Remembering is an ethical act," wrote Susan Sontag. 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 group 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 extensively and produce art in response to their experiences. In addition, students will curate their narratives and the class photographs into a final exhibition. Prior photography experience is recommended but not required; it is required that students be able to listen empathetically and work well independently.
Assistant Professor of Photography
Mail Code PF
Jerome Liebling Center 106
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002