Mosques, Medinas and Markets

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.