Photography, Materiality, and Storytelling (PHO4213.01)

Luiza Folegatti

This course draws on feminist and queer theory and visual anthropology methods to explore how photographers work with materiality to create representations of desired realities and criticize curatorial practices and “official histories,” especially those connected to migration, displacement, and colonization. The course will look at examples of photography and performance practices, intervened photography, photo-collage, and photobooks made by LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists. Students will be encouraged to think of photography as an object and to consider the audience experience in the exhibition space. Class time will engage with group discussions based on reading assignments and the work of different artists. Students will complete in-class and weekly assignments, group critiques, and a final self-directed project to produce a photobook.

Photoshop and Lightroom will be available on all 12 workstations in the Photo Digital Lab. Students will be required to have a Mac-compatible external hard drive and inkjet photo paper to complete assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
- Engage with different ideas of self-representation, “otherness,” and absences of representation, and reflect on how these ideas are informed by culture, nationality, gender, race, sexuality, and age.
- Develop skills in editing and sequencing images, and learn to identify how the key elements of storytelling are expressed materially in color, texture, and rhythm.
- Develop a robust sense of artistic ethics that sharpens students’ critical perspectives on power dynamics inherent to making and using images, and that informs the choice of suitable methods.
- Practice analyzing, creating, reading, discussing, and writing about photography.
- Create new work through in-class and weekly practical assignments and through a self-directed final project.
- Experiment with techniques for photography and performance practices, intervened photography, photo-collage, and photobooks.
- Participate in critical discussions about the work of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC photographers and scholars and their contributions to photography.
- Develop an interdisciplinary approach to photography, drawing on photography theory, queer and feminist studies, and visual anthropology.
- Engage with peers respectfully to make observations, and give and receive feedback on work in progress.
- Recognize and embody your shared role in cultivating an engaging, respectful learning community.
- Actively reflect on your own questions and relationships to the ideas in the course, and make connections to other areas of interest.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Successful completion of PHO 2153: Foundations of Photography.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
F 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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