Photography of Landscape and Architecture

Our field lab will take place in Le Havre, France, an excellent spot for urban photography, rife with post-industrial, port infrastructure and unusual, mid-twentieth century modern architecture. As a place that straddles the old-fashioned provincialism of southern France and the global characteristics of a massive shipping entrepot, opportunities for street photography are excellent. We will spend the day (from 08:00 to 16:00) 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 Le Havre. 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 Le Havre.

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.