Assistant Professor of Photography
Mandle’s work looks at questions of subjectivity and place. She has photographed church confessionals, homes for refugees, hospital corridors, and Emily Dickinson’s bedroom.
Her work is internationally exhibited and published, including exhibitions in Korea, Israel, and France, and features in Aperture and Cabinet; her work has been nominated for the Prix Pictet and the Paul Huf award.
Online platforms often privilege the new, the exciting and the dramatic. But the online world and digital photography can also convey the ordinary, the mundane and the dull. This class will open a space for making pictures and reading pictures that might be overlooked - or even considered boring. What does it mean to be bored and what is a boring picture? We will study a range of artists who use seemingly simple images as a way to speak about complex and potent ideas. We will explore the language used to describe images, practice a range of photographic techniques, and exercise slow looking. Students will be expected to make and present photographs at weekly critiques, keep a detailed online photographic journal and complete written assignments.
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.