Bodies in Inner and Outer Space (PHO4306.01)

Terry Boddie

What are the ways in which the spaces that the human body occupies affects how we view it in a photograph? How does the gendered and racialized body communicate through a photograph made in these spaces? What is communicated when figure and space intertwine? Throughout the history of photography, the human figure has been used to intentionally occupy and alter physical spaces. In this course students will explore how the human body can transform interior and exterior space using available and artificial light. They will look at work by photographers who have examined these ideas in both formally aesthetic and symbolic ways. These images will serve as inspiration for the work that will cover the course assignments. Class discussions of readings, peer critique of works in progress will be central components of the coursework.

Learning Outcomes:
Develop and sustain visual projects via independent research
Write critically about own work and that of other photographers and cultural thinkers.
Learn about work by contemporary BIPOC and LGBTQ multidisciplinary artists.
Examine the artistic production of contemporary photographers through research.
Collaborate creatively with fellow classmates

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Prior coursework in photography at Bennington, permission from the instructor. Please contact/e-mail faculty ( to discuss the student's proposal for this course and to receive permission.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

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