ARTS 122
Photography, Identity and the Absence of Representation Fall 2019
Division I

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This introductory level course offers an in-depth exploration of the camera and image by utilizing photographic digital technology. Emphasis is placed on the camera’s relationship to the body and constructions of identity. Students will develop a fundamental control of photographic processes through technical exercises, experimentation, and field and studio experience. Students will learn how to use DSLR cameras, editing and digital printing techniques to create a personal body of work that examines the medium’s role in representing (or not representing) identities. Additionally, lecture presentations and thorough critique will foster theoretical and visual literacy for the analysis of works. How is photography implicated in the construction and performance of identity? How does it complicate national, cultural, gender, race and sexual identity.
The Class: Type: This class will take place in the classroom as well as in the studio and outdoors. There will be 1-2 field trips.
Limit: none
Expected: 12
Class#: 2002
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: The methods used to evaluate will be the students midterm and final critique of their body of work and accompanying artist statement.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors who have not yet taken an introductory photography class
Materials/Lab Fee: $250 standard lab fee charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I

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