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Spring 2023 Course Schedule

62-141   Black and White Photography I

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

Section B   MW 2:00am-4:50am   Karon Antonelli ( )

Section C   TR 7:00pm-9:50pm   Dillon Roberts ( )

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   TR 8:00am-10:50am   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 B14.

62-165   Mutable Landscape

  MW 2:00pm-4:50pm   Kim Beck ( )

With camera in hand, students will explore, document and invent a sense of place in Pittsburgh. Informed by photographic history and landscape studies, students will develop their own portfolios of digital prints. As a CFA Interdisciplinary photography course, students will be encouraged to consider their photographs in the medium of their home department, and in some cases as a starting point for projects in other materials.

Class meets in MM B2.

62-279   Photography and the Ineffable

  MW 7:00pm-9:50pm   Bryan Martello ( )

This course explores the relationship between photography and the indescribable, intangible, and hard-to-see. From the spiritual, to the sublime, to the abstract; we will review different frameworks for thinking about the ineffable and how it relates to photographic work. Students will explore these themes through weekly presentations, discussions, assignments, writing workshops, and critiques. Well look at artists who think critically about photographic representation and investigate a heightened sensorial interpretation of the world. This class will encourage experimental methods and approaches to photography.

Class meets in MM B14.

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.