62-141 Black and White Photography I
Section A MW 8:30am-11:00am Elizabeth Griffin
Section B MW 1:30pm-4:20pm Jamie Gruzska
Section C TR 1:30pm-4:20pm Ivette Spradlin
This course will teach you the basic craft of photography from exposure of the negative through darkroom developing and printing to print finishing and presentation. Content includes student presentations, class discussions, shooting assignments, darkroom sessions and class critiques. We will concentrate not only on the technical aspects of photography, but also the aesthetics of seeing with a camera. The course concentrates on photography as a fine art---what is unique to it and the concerns that are shared with other visual arts, such as composition, tonal values, etc. and aims to equip students with an understanding of the formal issues and the expressive potentials of the medium. Lab fee and 35mm manual camera required. Each student is responsible for the cost of paper and film.
Class meets in MM B10.
62-142 Black and White Photography II
TR 8:30am-11:20am Martin Prekop
A continuation of topics explored in Black and White Photography I with an emphasis on aesthetic development and image evaluation. Students will gain experience with a variety of formats---experimental methods and media will be encouraged. Folio or equivalent required by end of the semester. Course has lab fee. Black and White I (62141, 60141, or 51265) or consent of instructor.
Class meets in MM B10.
62-245 Portrait Photography
MW 8:30am-11:20am Mark Perrott
Portrait Photography explores the emotional and visual process of collaboration between subject and photographer that creates a photograph. We'll use cameras of all formats and levels of sophistication to create portraits in the studio and on location. We'll find and exploit available light and create artificial light to complete our vision, and we'll explore a wide range of darkroom strategies to support and add richness to our final print. Through film and video we'll meet some of the masters of this form like Arbus, Newman, Avedon and Penn, and we'll take advantage of any opportunities to visit exhibitions and photographers studios. Lab fee required.
Class meets in MM B14.
TR 1:30pm-4:20pm Patricia Maurides
This photo-based course explores themes in perception and memory as informed and inspired by neuroscience. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to develop a personal vision to creating work. Students will create photographs and photo-based projects using digital photography (Mac OS + Adobe Photoshop) with digital printing methods. Themes in the course are reinforced by guests from the neuroscience and arts communities as well as readings, media presentations and field work.
Class meets in MM B2.
62-381 Color Photography and Digital Output
MW 6:30pm-9:20pm Aaron Blum
This is a course using digital photography with digital printing methods. Students will gain an understanding of color theory and aesthetics, while better defining their individual voices. By semester's end, students will have a finely printed body of work using Mac OS, RAW file handling, color management and Adobe PhotoShop. Prerequisites: 62-141 or consent of instructor.
Class meets in MM B2.
62-331 Critical Issues in Documentary Photography
W 6:30pm-9:20pm Leo Hsu
What is at stake when we call a picture "documentary"? Photographs that claim a documentary mode or purpose describe realities in the world, even as their power often resides in their emotional impact or aesthetic effects. In this course we will explore the production, circulation and consumption of documentary photographs in specific social and cultural contexts, including journalism, activism, aid and NGOs, and art worlds. We will examine the ways in which photojournalism, documentary photography, and documentary fine art photography are deployed to make claims about the world, realist and otherwise. The course will take a multidisciplinary perspective on a wide selection of 20th and 21st century examples ranging from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men to the World Press Photo competition, from the influences of early documentary film to LIFE magazine to crowd-funded photo projects. No prerequisites.
Class meets in PH A19C.
62-374 Meaning in Images
W 11:30am-1:20pm Charlee Brodsky
This course takes a critical look at many different kinds of photographic images to understand how they operate in our culture to inform, persuade, and entertain various audiences. The content for this course will be generated from looking at, thinking about and discussing issues discovered while studying well-known to lesser-known images that range from photographs used in ad campaigns, to photographs that are used in scientific representation, to snapshots in family photo albums, to photographs that are used to show social injustices, to photographs that exist in museum collections. Readings will be assigned and short writing exercises will be required throughout the semester. In addition, photography assignments will be given.
Class meets in MM 227.
62-326 Photographic Narrative
F 8:30am-11:20am Charlee Brodsky
In this course students will create a series of photographs that work together to tell a story. The end product of your story may be a book, a series of digital images to be seen on computer screens, photographs to be seen in a magazine, or photographs that are meant as an exhibition in a gallery. You may even discover another way your 'narrative' may be shown and seen by others. Your photographs may be digital or made in a darkroom. The theme/content ofyour narrative is entirely your decision. Your photographs may be world-oriented or from your imagination. You may use text or other kinds of images with the photographs. Thetext may be paragraphs, sentences, phrases, simple words, letters, poems, marks, or numbers. If you use images, they may be drawn or other kinds of visual marks. Or, your narrative may be just photographs.
Class meets in MM 121.