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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2022-23

SART 30 Photography II - The Nature of Photography

This intermediate studio course deconstructs the complexity of the contemporary photographic world. The course is an investigation into the aesthetic and theoretical implications of digital photography and the underlying principles, languages, and tools of photographic media. Assignments, visiting artists, lectures, reading discussions, and critiques will interrelate to inform the development of the individual voice of each student. We will investigate the memetic and fragmenting qualities of photography, the existential implications of what it means to use the medium to stop time, the power of imaging aesthetics to seduce and activate the viewer, the photograph as data and evidence, all with an emphasis on how perspective (cultural/societal background) and context (from a social media feed to a museum wall) inform the impact a photograph can have on a range of audience(s). Technical emphasis is centered on; digital workflow from camera input and digital darkroom editing, to final screen-based output (the projection, a digital monitor, the activated presentation, the moving still, etc…). We will also work collectively on a book project. Throughout the course, students will simultaneously hone their critical thinking and technical skills and examine the evolving nuances of broader image culture in line with contemporary art world trends, all in order to develop their photographic voice and the ability to think and participate in critical contemporary art discourse. Enrollment limited. Supplemental course fee required.


Beahan, O'Leary


SART 29.

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