Photography's omnipresence makes it familiar, transparent, seemingly akin to sight. Yet sight itself is rife with complexities and complications, much more than just a physical act or passive reception. This course will introduce black and white photographic techniques so as to interrogate photography in its materiality as much as its philosophical, political, and social rubrics. You will learn the basic tools of camera operations, film exposure, black and white film processing and print development so as to interrogate the vast and varied range of possibilities this medium portends. Photography's rhetoric necessarily involves not only what a photograph "means" but how it "means"; that is, how photography has taught us to see, and the kinds of knowledge it engenders. Assignments facilitate an exploration of basic ideas and are only intended as starting points for further investigation. Discussions and critiques addressing both class and outside photographic work, as well as selected readings of photographic history and critical discourse will augment and expand your work.
We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
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