Documentary Photography

2511-101:
Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Woody
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1520
End: 1635
Field Work: Day 1- Livorno- Sunday, 21 July | Italy
Prerequisites: One lower level or introductory studio art course including drawing, painting, printmaking, or 2D design. Download Syllabus

In this course students will begin to use photography as a means of documentation and cultural investigation. The desired goal of this course if to give students a working knowledge of the materials and methods of the medium, including an understanding of the camera, proper exposure, digital capture, and color correction. Course projects are designed to engage students with core concepts intrinsic to photography and photographic language. Students will use time on board to download, edit, and color correct photos. Readings and discussions are aimed at helping students get a better understanding of the history and ethics of documentary photography.  Students will use time in port to explore each country with camera in hand. Over the course of the journey students will begin to craft a strong collection of images that documents the experience of different cultures and peoples.

Required Materials:

  1. Laptop
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (to be installed on your laptop. )
  3. A digital camera with RAW capabilities, and preferably manual override capabilities.
  4. SD card for camera
  5. 10 pack blank DVDs
  6. 4GB or 8GB Flash Drive

 

Required Materials:

  1. Laptop
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (to be installed on your laptop. )
  3. A digital camera with RAW capabilities, and preferably manual override capabilities.
  4. SD card for camera
  5. 10 pack blank DVDs
  6. 4GB or 8GB Flash Drive

Field Work

Country: Italy
Day: 1- Livorno- Sunday, 21 July

July 21 (Livorno, Italy) This field lab will take place in Lucca, a small Tuscan city that is famous for its still intact Renaissance-era walls. Students can walk the entire circumference of the town on top of the walls. This trip coincides with Lucca’s Antiques market, which takes place every third Sunday of the month. We will also experience the Italian passegiata, where the people of Lucca stroll leisurely through the streets in the early evening. Both of these events will offer students plenty of chances to make interesting photographs, and to experience the subtle beauty of a Tuscan walled city. Academic Objectives:

  1. Experience the beauty of an unassuming Tuscan town, and make photographs.
  2. Photograph the Lucca antiques market, which coincides with this trip (every third Sunday of the month)
  3. Experience and photograph the passegiata, the Italian stroll through town which takes place in the evening.