Creative Portraiture in the Darkroom Winter 2024

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In this course, we will revisit the boundaries between self-portraiture and portraiture. Working in pairs, students will both practice being a model and a photographer: they will pose as a model for their classmates and assist a classmate in creating a self-portrait. In addition, using as a point of departure Hippolyte Bayard’s photograph Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man, one of the first self-portraits in the history of photography, students will learn how to use the view camera (the large format camera used during the invention of photography in 1839 and still in use today). We will also study the characteristics of film photography, specifically, light, chemicals, sensitive media, and negative, and use them as tools to make creative portraits in the darkroom. By the end of the course, students will have learned to shoot with a 4 x 5 view camera and have practiced with manipulations in the darkroom in order to create unique portraits. Each student will exhibit their work as a triptych in an exhibition. This class requires an average of 10 weekly lab or studio hours outside of regular classes.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1277
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s)
Prerequisites: Knowledge of black and white analog photography is preferred but not required.
Enrollment Preferences: Art majors, then random
Unit Notes: Born in 1970, Daniel Goudrouffe, is from Afro-Caribbean and Malagasy descent. He spent most of his life in Guadeloupe and has been living in the United States since 2015. Influenced by the humanist photography of the Magnum Agency, he sees himself as
Materials/Lab Fee: $150. Lab and materials fees are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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