Photographing the City: Cadiz

Our field lab will take place in Cadiz, Spain, yet another excellent spot for urban photography. Cadiz’ ancient port resides cheek-by-jowl with the old city, which we will explore and photograph on foot. Nearby, ancient salt works frame the road that connects the city peninsula to the mainland. We will reach these bleak and photogenic salt works by bus where we will try our hands at landscape photography. We will spend the day (from 0800 to 1600) alternately meeting together and working separately, spreading out over the city and then coming together at arranged places and times of the day to communicate our finds, like bees in a hive. As an experiment, we might take advantage of social media between students to additionally communicate significant finds as we explore. The goal of the expedition is to guide students to establish ideas about the kinds of photographs that interest them, and to begin to build a body of work around that genre. Students will have two weeks following the Field Lab to edit, assemble and present in class, a portfolio of at least 10 photographs built around an idea that communicates a representation of the city of Cadiz.

Academic Objectives:

  1.  To allow students to become creative, informed photographers, able to document their travels with beautiful, thoughtful and critical works of art able to stand on their own.
  2. To understand and deploy the many compositional strategies available to the photographer.
  3. To gain a technical understanding of how digital photographic equipment works so that it can be pushed to its optimal use.