103 Schedule Fall 2022

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Date Description Notes
Aug 30 Introductions; Equipment and material disbursement; Core skills. NOTE – There is a pre-class assignment
Sep 6 Due: First Roll / Contact Print; Photographic Vision
Sep 13 Due: Emulated Image 1; After Taking the Photograph
Sep 20 Due: The Out-of-focus; Motion Blur; Tonal Opposites; The Poetic in Photography
Sep 27 Due: Contact Self-portrait; Beauty in Photography
Oct 4 Due: Emulated Photograph 2, Class Note Books; Looking At vs. Looking From a Photograph — mid-semester assessments
Oct 11 Due: Circular relationships; Balance; Chaos; Signs and Symbols in Photography
Oct 15–18 Fall Break
Oct 25 Due: Two Disconnected Images; Minimal controls; The Arranged vs. the Snapshot I
Nov 1 Due: Emulated Photograph 3; Maximum controls; The Arranged vs. the Snapshot II
Nov 8 Due: Rounds; Stasis; Contrast; Bodies of Work; Begin 10 Connected Prints assignment
Nov 15 to 29 Tutorials; Book Review
Nov 23–28 Thanksgiving
Dec 6 Final Exam Begins Final Discussion of Ten Connected Prints
Due
: 10 Connected Prints; All previous assignments; Book review; Final Discussion of Ten Connected Prints
Dec 09, Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM Final Exam Continues Final Discussion of Ten Connected Prints


Aug 30

BEFORE CLASS (Please view/read the following as much as possible)

We have two course texts:

  • Paul Hill, Approaching Photography, 3rd ed., Routledge
  • Henry Horenstein, Black & White Photography: a basic manual, 3rd ed., Little, Brown, and Company

Please install the Lumu Light Meter app (free) on your iPhone. If using Android or other smartphone platforms, please search online for a light meter app.

Study the following online material and readings from the textbooks (NB: a username and password for access to all online material have been sent via email, subject: ART 103 WELCOME):

DURING CLASS

i. Introduction to the course

  • Class meetings will be in person.
  • Expectations: Course goals, objectives, attendance, grading, and the Honor Code; assigned/online material will be studied promptly after every class; office hours will be for questions and comments about work in progress and general conversation, not for recouping missed classes 
  • Distribute equipment and kits

ii. Demonstrate/Review core skills:

  • Camera usage
  • Exposure: shutter and aperture, film speed
  • Focus: aperture
  • Blur: shutter speed
  • Loading/unloading film

iii. What is photographic vision?

iv. Assignment: First Roll / Contact Print

Expose a roll of 35 mm black and white film, using the slides and displayed prints viewed during class as inspiration. Develop the exposed film. Make a contact print of this roll. Repeat any of these steps until each is successfully completed. Display the contact print on the designated wallboards in Wiggins. Please have all negatives made for this assignment and your course notebook on hand, due by the start of the next class, Week 2.

iv. View slides and prints on the wall. Please revisit the slides online, after class and during the rest of the week. Prints will remain on the wall for the remainder of the week.

AFTER CLASS



  • Sep 6

    DURING CLASS: 

    i. Demonstrate/Review:

      • Processing film
      • Making a contact print
      • camera controls; film development; contact printing.

    ii. Why emulate, and what does it mean photographically?

    iii. Assignment: Emulate a photograph 1: Pick an image from works seen in class thus far, and emulate it. While doing the assignment, research the image, reflect on the work, and study the processes that the photographer employed to make that work. Make notebook entries of all, and paste in thumbnails as visual references. Present the reference image, printed on a Letter-size sheet (it does not need to be of high quality); an enlarged silver gelatin print of your emulation; photocopies of relevant pages from your notebooks; and a 200-word reflection of the reference image. All to be displayed on the wallboard by the start of the next class, Week 3

    iv. Discuss the First Roll / Contact Print assignment

    AFTER CLASS



    Sep 13

    DURING CLASS: 

    • i. Review: Enlargement printing
    • ii. Reflect on: What happens after taking a photograph? How do we transform the image?
    • iii. Assign: Out-of-focus, Motion Blur, Tonal Opposites: expose one roll of film for each of these three topics. Process and contact print all rolls. Select a frame and make one enlarged print for each topic. While doing the assignment, reflect on the topics, maintain printing notes, and record all of these as notebook entries. Due Week 4
    • iv. Discuss the Emulated Photograph 1 assignment

    AFTER CLASS

    • Study: Print Contrast Controls; Dodging; Burning – Hor. 189–200
    • Reflect on: The Poetic in Photography
    • Begin assignment: Out-of-focus; Motion Blur; Tonal Opposites


    Sep 20

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review: Printing controls
    • ii. Reflect on: Poetry in photography
    • iii. Assign: Contact Self-Portrait: make a self-portrait with a contact print from one entire roll of 135-36 black and white film. The contact print, with the negative strips arranged in sequence, from #1 to #35 on an 8×10 sheet of paper, will function as one overall image, as well as 35 individual frames. The self-portrait need not be a visual portrayal of your body. Consider using metaphor and symbol, allegory and narrative, rhythm and structure. Also, consider the use of sequential images. This project requires a fair bit of planning and pre-visualization. Be prepared to make several attempts! Due Week 5. — watch description
    • iv. Discuss: The  Out-of-focus; Motion Blur; Tonal Opposites assignment

    AFTER CLASS

    • Study: Photographic exposure, subject contrast, and film development — read Horenstein Ch. 6 and 10
    • Reflect on: Beauty in Photography, read Hill Ch. 6, 7
    • Begin assignment: Contact Self-Portrait


    Sep 27

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review: photographic exposure, subject contrast, and film development
    • ii. Reflect on: Beauty in Photography
    • iii. Assign: Emulate a photograph 2: Pick an image from works seen in class thus far (but not one that has already been emulated), and emulate it. While doing the assignment, research the image, reflect on the work, and study the processes that the photographer employed to make that work. Make notebook entries of all, and paste in thumbnails as visual references. Present the reference image, printed on Letter-size sheet (it does not need to be of high quality); an enlarged silver gelatin print of your emulation; photocopies of relevant pages from your notebooks; and a 200-word reflection of the reference image. All are to be displayed on the wallboard by the start of the next class. Due Week 6
    • iv. Discuss the Contact Self-portrait assignment.

    AFTER CLASS



    Oct 4

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review: Printing controls with split-filter and development
    • II. Reflect on: Looking At / Looking From a Photography
    • iii. Assign: Circular relationships; Balance; Chaos: expose one roll of film for each of these three topics. Process and contact print all rolls. Select a frame and make one enlarged print for each topic. While doing the assignment, reflect on the topics, maintain printing notes, and record all of these as notebook entries. Due Week 7
    • iv. Discuss the Emulated Photograph 2 assignment

    AFTER CLASS:

    • Study: Controlling content in the frame with focus, distance, and juxtaposition
    • Reflect on: Signs and Symbols: Meaning in Photography – Joan LiftinSylvia Plachy
    • Begin assignment: Circular relationships; Balance; Chaos


    Oct 11

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review: Controlling content in the frame with focus, distance, and juxtaposition
    • ii. Reflect on: Signs and Symbols: Meaning in Photography
    • iii. Assign: Two Disconnected Images: Establish how you will express the disconnections, then expose one roll of film for each image. Process and contact print all rolls. Select and make one enlarged print for each facet. While doing the assignment, reflect on disconnection, maintain printing notes, and record all of these as notebook entries. Due Week 8
    • iv. Discuss the Circular relationships; Balance; Chaos assignment
    • Submit class notebooks for mid-semester grading  – notebooks will be available for pickup from outside my office door by 9 AM, Thursday

    AFTER CLASS: 

    • Study: Minimal control when taking a photograph
    • Reflect on: The Snapshot
    • Begin assignment: Two Disconnected Images


    Oct 25

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review: Minimal control when taking a photograph
    • ii. Reflect on: The Snapshot
    • iii. Assign: Emulate a photograph 3: Pick an image from works seen in “The Arranged Photograph” and emulate it. While doing the assignment, research the image, reflect on the work, and study the processes that the photographer employed to make that work. Make notebook entries of all, and paste in thumbnails as visual references. Present the reference image, printed on a Letter-size sheet (it does not need to be of high quality); an enlarged silver gelatin print of your emulation; photocopies of relevant pages from your notebooks; and a 200-word reflection of the reference image. All to be displayed on the wallboard by the start of the next class, due Week 9
    • iv. Discuss Two Disconnected Images assignment

    AFTER CLASS:

    • Study: minimal and maximum control in photography
    • Reflect on: The Arranged vs. the Snapshot in Photograph
    • Begin assignment: Emulated Photograph 3


    Nov 1

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review Maximum control when making a photograph
    • ii. Reflect on: The Arranged vs. the Snapshot in Photograph
    • iii. Assign: Rounds; Stasis; Contrast: expose one roll of film for each of these three topics. Process and contact print all rolls. Select a frame and make one enlarged print for each topic. While doing the assignment, reflect on the topics, maintain printing notes, and record all of these as notebook entries. Due Week 10
    • iv. Discuss Emulated Photograph 3

    AFTER CLASS:

    • Study: Print finishing and presentation
    • Reflect on: Bodies of Work
    • Begin assignment: Rounds; Stasis; Contrast.


    Nov 8

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Review Printing finishing and presentation
    • ii. Reflect on: Bodies of Work
    • iii. Assign: Ten Connected Prints: Select ten images from negatives produced since the beginning of this semester. The final prints will be enlarged, largely un-cropped from the original negative, intentionally sequenced, matted, and exhibited on walls. A 200 to 300-word written statement analyzes the project by addressing all of the following issues:
      • What are the fundamental and most general concerns expressed in the work?
      • What does this particular sequence express that is otherwise not done so clearly by the single images or any other sequence?
      • Describe some aspects of the work you were unaware of until after completing the project.
      • Refer to other photographer(s) whose work may impact this project.
      • Due at the start of class, noon,  Week 14.
    • iv. Discuss Rounds; Stasis; Contrast

    AFTER CLASS:

    • Begin assignment: Ten Connected Prints
    • Begin preparing Presentations on Photographers – details forthcoming


    Nov 15, 22, and 29

    DURING CLASS:

    • i. Tutorials on Ten Connected Prints assignment in groups of three
    • ii. Writing Exercise: Book Review
      A review of one of the designated books may be submitted by the start of our exam period, in place of any one other class assignment, except the Ten Connected Prints.
      The Book Review should be approximately 200 words and address each of the following:

      • What are the fundamental concerns of this work
      • What does the sequence express that is otherwise not addressed by the single images
      • How is your understanding of the book different from the author’s intentions
      • Place the book in a broader context (other photographers, artists, cultural contexts, your work, etc.)
      • At the top of the Review, state:
        The book’s author (photographer), Title, year of publication
        Your Name
        “This assignment is in place of <name of assignment that you wish to replace>.”

    To submit, send the Review in the body of an email, with the subject header: 103 Writing Exercise.

    AFTER CLASS:

    • Continue assignment: Ten Connected Prints.


    Dec 6

    PLEASE NOTE that all students must attend, in person, this class session and the Final Exam Period.

    The completed 10 Connected Prints project is due at the start of this class. The complete project is to be submitted sequenced,  in a stack, from #1 at the top, in the grey portfolio boxes handed out as a part of the course kit. The project statement will be printed and placed on top of the entire stack of photographs in the box. Each print is lightly marked on the verso of the mount with: <your name>, ART103, Fall, 2022, <print sequence number>

    Completed notebooks will be handed in at the end of the Final Exam Period.

    All assignments are due by the start of this class.

  • Final Discussion of Ten Connected Prints



    Dec 9, Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM

        • FINAL EXAM: Obligatory attendance for all students: Final Discussions of 10 Connected Prints continue.