Image Objects (PHO4103.01)

Elizabeth White

As exhibitions and publications such as What is a Photograph? (The International Center of Photography, 2014), A Matter of Memory: The Photograph as Object in the Digital Age (George Eastman Museum, 2016), and Photography is Magic (Charlotte Cotton, Aperture, 2015) attest, there are many contemporary artists whose work with photography draws increased focus to material and spatial concerns, and whose creative expression extends beyond traditional fine art prints to encompass experiments with scale, texture, form, and installation. Through group critiques, assignments, artist slideshows, and readings, this course explores the broad range of physical forms that photographic works can take. While learning about past and present photographic work that has pushed the boundaries of the medium, students will expand their own creative practices, research new materials and processes, and work to advance self-directed projects through feedback and revision. Designed for those who have taken Photography Foundations and ideally at least one other four-credit photography course, Image Objects aims to challenge, complicate, clarify and deepen students’ understanding of their work in progress as they resolve its production both formally and conceptually.


Learning Outcomes:
This course aims to help each student:
-Become familiar with an expanded range of photographic materials, processes, and forms
-Deepen their awareness of the physical properties and spatial presence of image objects
-Create new work within short time periods in response to prompts
-Create, develop, and revise a sustained independent project
-Develop their appetite for creative risk, experimentation, iteration, and refinement
-Build awareness of a broad range of historical and contemporary photographic artists
-Find new sources of inspiration, deepen their creative work, and enhance their ability to present it
-Engage with peers to make observations, ask questions, and give and receive feedback on work in progress
-Learn how to use research in support of their creative practice
-Actively reflect on their own questions and relationship to the ideas in the course, and on their creative and learning processes, and make connections to other areas of interest
-Recognize their shared role in cultivating an engaging, respectful, and productive learning community



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students are expected to have taken Foundations of Photography (either digital or analog), and registration preference will be given to students who have taken at least one additional course in photography. For registration: Email ewhite@bennington.edu describing your interest and include class year, description of your plan, and previous coursework in photography and visual arts.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Photography
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