Course Description and Goals

The objective of this studio art course is to provide the student working knowledge of, and experience with, the fundamental creative tools used in fine art photographic practice. For this particular class, we will use digital cameras, optimize with Photoshop, and make archival pigment prints in the Center for New Media.

In addition to producing photographs, participants learn to analyze and discuss their work in critiques. When regarding the images produced in this course, discussion will be centered on technical, formal, and conceptual characteristics. We will also discuss subject matter and content—and the difference between the two. In this critical “reading” of images, like that of a text, we will explore the basics of visual literacy.

To inspire and contextualize we will view historical examples from the Daguerreotype to contemporary practice, with an emphasis on recent digital work. Through this study and the production of a small body of work, each student should finish this course with an introductory understanding of contemporary photographic practice.

Course Description and Goals

The objective of this studio art course is to provide the student working knowledge of, and experience with, the fundamental creative tools used in fine art photographic practice—using traditional (analog/chemical) processing and printing techniques.

In addition to producing silver-based photographs, participants learn to analyze and discuss their work in critiques. When regarding the images produced in this course, discussion will be centered on technical, formal, and conceptual characteristics. We will also discuss subject matter and content—and the difference between the two. In this critical “reading” of images, like that of a text, we will explore the basics of visual literacy.

To inspire and contextualize, we will view historical examples from the Daguerreotype to contemporary practice—with an emphasis on analog practitioners. Through this study, as well as the production of a small body of work, each student should finish this course with an introductory understanding of traditional (analog) photographic practice.