Course code: ARTS39599
Term offered: Third year, second term
This course is a mix of studio, lab and location photography that will broaden students? understanding of photography and lighting as creative tools for self-expression. We begin with studio portrait lighting to develop a keener eye in observing and controlling light in other situations. Conceptual and stylistic approaches in the evolution of photography present a wide range of visual, social, critical and experimental uses of the media, encouraging students to experiment with different approaches. Students then develop a sustained series of images exploring their own unique photographic vision.
The first project builds on a series of portrait lighting demonstrations and exercises in the studio. Students will create a variety of portraits using various types of lighting, and then apply this knowledge to the creation of an expressive and unconventional portrait.
A survey of styles, conceptual approaches and philosophies in the evolution of photography will deepen students? awareness of the medium. Students will then shoot a subject or concept of their choice in three different stylistic genres.
Oscar Gustave Rejlander
Enrico Scotece, Open Air Cinema
D.Aksjonov, Schizophrenia Self-Portrait
The meaning of photographs can be deepened, skewed or focused through the sequencing and presentation of multiple images. Students will shoot a sustained series of photographs, including diptychs, and explore sequencing options to enhance or shift their interpretation.
David Simonton, Polk Prison Diptych
Mark Laita, Prisoners, Curlers, Abortionists
Robert Frank, Mabou 1977