This class will investigate the idea of “manipulation” in photography and examine different approaches to controlling form and content. Class lectures will look at the work of such artists as James Welling, Collier Schorr, Arthur Jaffa, and Boris Mikhailov, among others. Demonstrations on lighting will address different methods for giving visual and psychological texture to images. Classroom discussions and lectures will focus on representation, the body, environment, and situation. Students will be expected to engage in research and discussion on the topic and produce a substantial body of work for presentation and final critique.
Weekly projects are usually suggested from the students’ own work. Active participation in the seminar and the development of a project required. Following through on the project usually results in a portfolio of original photographic prints; 10-15 prints is typical.