Introduction to Photography I

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Critcher
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1550
End: 1705
Field Work: Day 2 - Friday, 23 October | Morocco Download Syllabus

Fine Art Photography is concerned with how photography is being used in a diverse variety of contemporary art contexts while introducing technical and practical principles of digital photography.

This theoretical emphasis of this class is a consideration of how photography is used in contemporary and conceptual art. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches to photography as fine art with emphasis on the environs of the countries visited during the voyage. Students are asked to explore one of these methods of image making in-depth as their final project for the class.

The technical emphasis of the class is on camera operation, file management, digital imaging, and digital editing. Students learn current practices in photographic workflow using Adobe Lightroom and camera operation with a concentration on DSLR cameras. It includes an overview of photographic history and theory with an emphasis on the directions photography is taking in contemporary art.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 2 - Friday, 23 October

We will visit the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, and photograph a sacred building in order to artistically explore composition and light within an architectural setting. The afternoon will be spent in the Medina and the Central Market, photographing the bustle and excitement of a quickly changing atmosphere. The intention is to look carefully in order to absorb details and overall impressions in a manner that will document the richness and variety of an Islamic Mosque, while respecting the boundaries set for visitors. The Central Market is an opposite photographic challenge, as the purpose of this location is to practice a quick visualization to capture a meaningful image of a rapidly moving scenario. Another consideration is the people and the vendors in the market, which may necessitate interaction and negotiation in order to make photographs that are truthful and evocative. The assignment is also designed to exercise the introverted and extroverted parts of the psyche in a manner that will enable you to photograph under very diverse conditions and come back with significant imagery. Participating with an eager and generous spirit is paramount to the success of this outing. Academic objectives:

  1. Using photography to photograph a sacred space respectfully and within the restrictions imposed by the Religion of Islam. Information about the Mosque and the protocol for a visit will be distributed and discussed prior to the Lab.
  2. Practical time with photographic equipment; working both slowly and methodically, and utilizing your camera to work quickly in a rapidly changing market and street atmosphere.