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Fall 2023 Course Schedule

62-141   Black and White Photography I

Section A   MW 7:00pm-9:50pm   Sean Carroll( )

Section B   MW 2:00pm-4:50pm   Sean Carroll (

Section C   TR 8:00am-10:50am   Karon Antonelli ( )

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.

Class meets in MM B10.

62-241   Black and White Photography II

  TR 2:00-pm-4:50pm   Jamie Gruzska (

This course allows you to gain experience with medium and large format film cameras while emphasizing aesthetic development and personal artistic growth. As an advanced student, you have access to an unusual assortment of panoramic and pinhole cameras that will change the way you make photographs, revealing unknown perspectives. Additional topics include digital process though negative scanning and inkjet printing, advanced monotone printing methods, and a focus on exhibition and folio presentation. Cameras will be supplied for this course.

Class meets in MM B10.

62-142   Digital Photography I

Section A   MW 2:00pm-4:50pm   Ross Mantle ( )

Section B   TR 2:00pm-4:50pm   Aaron Blum ( )

This course explores digital photography and digital printing methods. By semester's end students will have knowledge of contemporary trends in photography, construction (and deconstruction) of photographic meaning, aesthetic choices, and the use of color. Students will learn how digital cameras work, proper digital workflow, RAW file handling, color management and Adobe Photoshop. Through the combination of the practical and theoretical, students will better define their individual voices as photographers.

Class meets in MM B2.

62-245   Portrait Photography

  MW 8:00am-10:50am   Ross Mantle

Portraiture maintains a unique standing in photography for its direct and collaborative relationship between an individual and a photographer. This course will examine this relationship and the larger contexts which provide the conceptual framework for deriving meaning and understanding from an image of another person. We will study the theoretical and practical aspects of portrait photography in both studio and environmental settings, providing students with an understanding of the genre by developing both technical and conceptual skill sets. Students will utilize analog and digital equipment, learn studio lighting techniques, develop approaches to working with natural light, and explore methods of printing and presentation. Students will gain knowledge in the development of portraiture through the work of notable figures in the mediums history and contemporary field, including August Sander, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Dawoud Bey, Milton Rogovin, Rineke Dijkstra, Zoe Strauss, Susan Lipper, Justine Kurland, Stefan Ruiz, Larry Sultan, Carrie Mae Weems, Roy DeCarava and Alec Soth. Class discussions, readings and critiques will provide an outline for completing both single and serial image assignments.

Class meets in MM B10.

62-278   Infinite Rooms: Photography and Installation

  F 8:00am-10:50am, 2:00pm-4:50pm   Bryan Martello ( )

Infinite Rooms is an interdisciplinary photography course designed for students of various backgrounds interested in exploring the relationships between place, images, and installation. This course will investigate the methodologies of how a place is documented, constructed, and imagined in photographs. This class will introduce a critical survey of images, films, and texts from artists who work at the intersection of installation and images. Throughout the semester various prompts will introduce different frameworks for thinking about photography and installation, such as the dramatic; the psychological; and the personal. Students will utilize digital and analog equipment, learn how to use a large-format view camera, learn studio lighting techniques, develop approaches to working with natural light, and explore methods of printing and presentation.

Class meets in MM B14.

62-371   Photography, The First 100 Years, 1839-1939

  M 7:00pm-9:50pm   David Oresick

Photography was announced to the world almost simultaneously in 1839, first in France and then a few months later in England. Accurate "likenesses" of people were available to the masses, and soon reproducible images of faraway places were intriguing to all. This course will explore the earliest image-makers Daguerre and Fox Talbot, the Civil War photographs organized by Mathew Brady, the introduction in 1888 of the Kodak by George Eastman, the critically important social documentary photography of Jacob Riis and his successor, Lewis Hine, the Photo-Secession of Alfred Stieglitz, the Harlem Renaissance of James VanDerZee, the precisionist f64 photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston, and other important photographers who came before World War II. The class will be introduced to 19th century processes, such as the daguerreotype, tintype, and ambrotype, as well as albumen prints, cyanotypes, and more.

Class meets in PH A18B.

62-398   Interdisciplinary Independent Study: Topics in Photography

This course is a tutorial studio in which a student proposes a self-generated project and works one-on-one with a photography instructor of their choice to complete it. Prior to enrolling, the student must complete an Independent Study Proposal form. Students can choose this course as 5 or 10 units, in consultation with the CFA Photography Administrator. Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status and by instructor permission.