Fall 2022 Syllabus Live

I am looking forward to meeting the class this Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in Wiggins Room 111. Locate the room before it starts and consider arriving at least five minutes ahead of the start time.

All equipment and materials are provided, but if you have your own film camera, please bring it to our first class meeting.

It may be useful to read through the About and Schedule pages before coming to class.

I hope you are as excited as I am to be working in our wonderful facilities and that you will be joining that special sub-group known as the Sewanee Photons. (Why do Sewanee Photons board planes not only without checked but also without carry-on bags?)

Syllabus live for Spring 2021

The syllabus, class meeting groups, and other information is now live for the Spring semester. Please take a look at the schedule above, and make special note of your particular meeting group.

I am excited about a complete redesign of the syllabus. Material that I would normally demonstrate in class has been recorded and will be available as video, handouts, and readings. Similarly, lectures and slide viewings are online. These references and descriptions of assignments are reviewed and discussed briefly in class. The bulk of in-person teaching will be given over to substantive discussions about assigned work.

It is also a bit of a landmark semester: the new digital and wet lab photographic facilities in Wiggins Art Building are fully functional, and this is the first semester that two classes will use the space as such.

I look forward to working with you!

A photogram of a bottle. 2021

Extra meeting Friday, April 13

Arkady Lvov and Pradip will demonstrate and discuss aspects of platinum/palladium printing On Friday, April 13, from 9:30 AM to about 1:30 PM, at 292 Old Farm Road. Please join us if your schedule permits.

Arkady talking about and showing platinum-palladium prints during our class meeting today. Thank you for an amazing visit, Arkady!

Reading for April 12 2018

Please read this by April 12, 2018’s class meeting.

[Please consider subscribing to the class Blog!]

Mike Ware, The Technical History and Chemistry of Platinum and Palladium Printing
[ 4MB version] [22MB version]

NB: these files are password protected. Use the pw and username issued for class readings


Starting Spring 2018

Information about a completely new course syllabus and schedule is now being posted on this site. The class is about understanding the difference between seeing and looking, and how processes shape expression with particular attention to the print-out method of platinum-palladium printing.

Subscribe to the blog, even if you are not enrolled in the class.

Students will be posting to this site throughout the semester.

Inert but Sensitive

The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Pultneyville, New York, negative October 1957; 1960 gelatin silver print

Minor White: The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Pultneyville, New York, negative October 1957; 1960 gelatin silver print

The state of mind of a photographer while creating is a blank…For those who would equate “blank” with a kind of static emptiness, I must explain that this is a special kind of blank. It is a very active state of mind really, a very receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image pre-formed in it at any time. We should note that the lack of a pre-formed pattern or preconceived idea of how anything ought to look is essential to this blank condition. Such a state of mind is not unlike a sheet of film itself – seemingly inert, yet so sensitive that a fraction of a second’s exposure conceives a life in it. (Not just life, but “a” life). – Minor White, The Camera Mind and Eye