PHOT 101 Intro to Photography

Professor: B. Ess

CRN: 11409

Distribution: F

Time: Tu 9:30 am - 12:30 pm WDS

An introduction to both the techniques and the aesthetics of black-and-white photography as a means of self-expression. Systematic instruction in darkroom techniques and weekly criticism of individual work provide the student with a solid basic understanding of the use of the camera as an expressive tool. The student must obtain within the first week of classes a camera (35mm or 2 1/4) with fully adjustable f/stops and shutter speeds and a hand-held reflected light exposure meter. No previous photography experience is required. Admission by portfolio (portfolio photographs do not need to be printed by the student).


PHOT 105 Photographic Seeing

Professor: S. Shore

CRN: 11405

Distribution: F

Time: Th 9:30 am - 12:30 pm WDS

Beyond the material technique of photography lies a visual technique. This involves learning to see the way a camera sees; learning how a photograph, by its nature, transforms the world in front of the camera. The first half of the semester is devoted to exploring this visual grammar of photography and how it clarifies a photograph's meaning and the photographer's intent. During the second half of the semester, students pursue independent projects, putting their visual understanding into practice. Prerequisite: Photography 101 or 103.


PHOT 106 Light

Professor: L. Fink

CRN: 11406

Distribution: F

Time: W 9:00 am - 12:00 pm WDS

Light is the co-author of image. Light can be brazen or bland. It can dramatize or simply describe. This course deals with the exploration of found light or artificially detonated light strobe. Each week the assignments alternate between real or natural light and artificial or created light. These exercises attempt to clarify the differences and the similarities between the two kinds and how light serves the vision of the light within. In the second half of the semester each student undertakes an individual project based on what has already been experienced. Learning how to control light broadens a photographer's perception of the ambient options it offers. Prerequisite: Photography 101 or 103.


PHOT 110 History of Photography

Professor: L. Dahlberg

CRN: 11411

Distribution: A/C

Time: Tu Th 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm OLIN 102

The discovery of photography was announced in 1839, almost simultaneously by several inventors. Born of experiments in art and in science, the photographic medium combines vision and technology. It possesses a uniquely intimate relation to reality, and for this reason has many applications outside the realm of fine art, but from its inception photography has been a vehicle for artistic aspirations. This course surveys the history of photography from its earliest manifestations to the 1970s and considers photography's applications as art, science, historical record, and document, among others. It is a general introduction to the subject and is open to all students. This course is the prerequisite for most other courses in the history of photography.


PHOT 201 The View Camera

Professor: S. Shore

CRN: 11407

Distribution: F

Time: F 9:30 am - 12:30 pm WDS

View cameras were the first cameras and were the primary photographic tool for the first half of photography's history. They offer unexcelled clarity, tonality, and image control. The operation of the view camera and advanced darkroom techniques are demonstrated in this course. The class explores the expressive potential of the conscious use of the camera's precise control of the image. Students aresupplied with 4" x 5" camera outfits. Prerequisite: Photography 104. Admission is by portfolio.


PHOT 203 Color Photography

Professor: B. Ess

CRN: 11408

Distribution: F

Time: M 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm WDS

An introduction to the problem of rethinking photographic picture-making through the medium of color photography. Transparencies, color negatives, and type C prints are the technical areas explored. Interested students should bear in mind the higher costs of color materials. Admission is by portfolio.


PHOT 302 Advanced Photography

Professor: L. Fink

CRN: 11410

Distribution: F

Time: Tu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm WDS

To prepare the student for ongoing independent work, this course emphasizes the exploration of visual problems. At the heart of this exploration is asking good questions of oneself and one's work, seeing how other photographers and artists in other media have dealt with such questions, and "answering" the questions for oneself through individual projects. Prerequisite: Photography 201 and 203.


PHOT 312 Travel and Exploration in 19th Century Photography

Professor: L. Dahlberg

CRN: 11412

Distribution: B/C

Time: W 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm LC 206

cross-listed: Victorian Studies
This course will survey the far-ranging work of the peripatetic photographers of the nineteenth century. Travel and exploratory photographs of landscapes, people, and architecture were made by European and American photographers throughout the world. They reflect the photographers' preconceptions and expectations, as well as the inherent properties of their subject matter. Such photographs were produced as government surveys, historical records, souvenirs for travelers, scientific documents, and picturesque views. Imperialist expansion of European powers, the Romantic poets' reverence for nature, and the projection of the photographers' (and their audiences') fantasies upon alien realms and peoples are among the forces that helped to shape the travel photography of this period. Of interest to history and social science students as well as art history and photography students. No prerequisites.