This studio/ seminar contemplates historical and contemporary practices in photographic portraiture, considering how photographers negotiate their relationships with their subjects and reflect on notions of identity. Assignment prompts invite students to explore formal and conceptual strategies while readings provide theoretical context and encourage critical thinking about questions of representation, truth, access, trust, and power. Note that reading and discussion is a significant part of this course and some written assignments will be required. Self-directed final projects will allow students to explore their own questions and concerns and may take visual or textual form. Class time will include slide presentations, group critiques and discussions. While not primarily a technical course, and not focused on studio photography, introductory instruction in studio lighting will be provided.
While no specific equipment or materials are required for this course, students are expected have a secure way of transporting and storing their digital files outside of the VAPA server, likely a Mac-compatible external hard drive. Additional supplies may need to be purchased to realize individual projects.
Registration: Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to describe your interest in the course and past photo classes you have taken.