PHOT 101 Intro to Photography

Professor: Barbara Ess

CRN: 12150

Time: Tu 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woods Studio

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: Stephen Shore

CRN: 12146

Time: Th 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woods Studio

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: Larry Fink

CRN: 12147

Time: Wed 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Woods Studio

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: Laurie Dahlberg

CRN: 12152

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: Stephen Shore

CRN: 12148

Time: Fri 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woods Studio

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 are supplied with 4" x 5" camera outfits. Prerequisite: Photography 104. Admission is by portfolio.

PHOT 203 Color Photography

Professor: Barbara Ess

CRN: 12149

Time: Mon 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Woods Studio

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 205 Digital Imaging

Professor: TBA

CRN: 12154

Time: Fri 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Henderson Multi-Media Classroom

This is an introductory class in the use of Adobe Photoshop for image processing. The first third of the semester will be spent studying techniques for color management, scanning, image processing, and outputting. For the last two thirds of the semester students will pursue individual projects, which will be critiqued in class. This class is open to both photography students and others, but admission is by permission of the instructor.

PHOT 214 The Portrait and Its Guises in the Modern Period

Professor: Laurie Dahlberg

CRN: 12153

Time: Wed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Woods Studio

Perhaps more than any other subject genre in art, portraiture is remarkable for the complexity that lies beneath its deceptively simple appearance. What is the object of a portrait? What constitutes the nature of 'likeness' or resemblance--is it a matter of recording the physical characteristics of a person, or rendering the "inner person" in pictorial form? In addition to considering the ontology of the portrait, this lecture course will trace historical developments in portraiture in the 19th and 20th centuries. This period is a crucial one in the history of portraiture, as it encompasses the advent of photography, which ultimately challenged (and changed) the terms of portraiture for all media. The interplay between photography and painting will form the core of our material. Artists to be treated will include Ingres, Degas, Nadar, Hill and Adamson, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cameron, Man Ray, and Warhol, among others.

PHOT 302 Advanced Photography

Professor: Larry Fink

CRN: 12151

Time: Tu 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Woods Studio

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 SEM Senior Seminar


CRN: 12462

Time: Th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Woods Studio

The senior seminar is a requirement for all seniors majoring in photography. The seminar meets on a bi-weekly basis, and carries no credit.