Art 208/308/708
Professor Terry Towery

 

This course is an introduction to the principles and elements of black and whte photography. although the lectures may seem to focus on technique the focus of the course will emphasize personal creative expression.

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Materials Required for course

Textbook: 208 students Henry Horenstein's Basic Photography ISBN#0316373141
308 and grad students need Horenstein's Beyond Basic Photography ISBN#0-316-37312-5
AND
Criticizing Photographs An Introduction to Understanding Images
Terry Barrett ISBN#0-767411862
Recommended text Pinhole Photography by Eric Renner Focal Press ISBN#0-240-803507

ART 308 and graduate students should see me individually to work out a semester long project. You will be expected to participate in all other class assignments. The critiques will be aimed at your individual project. Since this is the advanced section of the course I expect you to have some idea as to where your vision is leading you. You should determine what you are interested in concentrating on for the semester and Propose that to me in a clear and uderstandable manner. I expect you to set specific goals and achieve them. I expect to see progress on the project at each class session.

Assignments:

- You must do TWO photography exhibition reports. These should be more than one, but not more than two, double spaced pages. I want you to see and expereince photography first hand and not through reproduction. Photography in New York is the best place to find out about exhibitions.

Grading policy:
You are expected to spend considerable amount of time outside of class shooting and working in the lab. You Must Attend Class! After three absences you will be dropped from the class. You Must Be On Time For Class! Three tardies counts as one absence, if you arrive late to class you must make it clear to me that you have arrived or you will be marked absent. All assignments must be turned in on time, at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted.

- Final portfolio is 40% of the grade for this course
- Assignments are 10% each
- Book day oral presentation is 10%
- The 2 Exhibition visitation reports are 10% (5% each) these should be included in your final portfolio
Class participation, attendance and participation in critiques are 10%

 
Week 1 Class requirements set forth. Orientation to the facilities.
First assignment given - The still life - allegory metaphor or simile

Shoot at least one roll of film by next class

Bring exposed film, tank reels, thermometer, all chemicals and containers

Week 2

Processing film

Bring Photo Paper and small translucent objects to next class
Week 3 Photograms and contact sheets Bring pinhole camera materials
Week 4

Pinhole camera making session

Pinhole photo information 

Bring photo paper and negatives to next class
Week 5  Making enlargements Read test strips hand out Bring photo paper and negatives to next class
Week 6 Printing session Next session is a CRITIQUE Prints should be ready at the BEGINNING OF CLASS
Week 7

First CRITIQUE Bing Still life assignment, photograms, and pinhole images to critique

Narrative or non narrative sequence

 
Week 8 Lighting for black and white Bring photo paper and negatives to next class
Week 9 Printing session Next session is a CRITIQUE Prints should be ready at the BEGINNING OF CLASS
Week 10 Critique Extending the image eg toners etc..  
Week 11 Toning demo Bring your chosen photographer's book
Week 12 Book Day oral presentations in class  
Week 13 Demonstration on Spot toning and presentation  
Week 14 Final Critique Portfolios due at BEGINNING OF CLASS
Final portfolio should consist of at least 20 FINAL prints and can be drawn from the assignments or can be of oyur own creation.
 

This Calendar is tentative and may need to be changed to accomodate . It may be necessary to change these dates to accommodate unforseen circumstances such as visiting lecturers. In addition to the above dates there may be a quiz on the technical aspects of photography. There will usually be lab time given at the end of the class session. I plan to lecture the first half of the class sessions and give lab time the last part so please be prepared by bringing materials to all classes to work in the lab. Failure to do so may be considered an absence from class.

Digital imaging Links of interest:

Adobe maintains a wealth of tutorials
Computerarts.co.uk tutorials
Hotwired on photography
Doc OZone's now classic cheese page
KPT Kai's Power Tips Understandg channel operations
Deepspaceweb offers tips
PDN Pix
Photoserve
Photosource
Digital Camera Resource
Copyright info
Graphic Arts professional organizations:

Photo Marketing Assn
Natl Assn of Photoshop Professionals
Digital Imaging Marketing Assn
Professional Photographers Assn
American Institure of Graphic Arts
American Society of Media Photographers
Digital Video Professionals Assn
Graphic Artists Guild
Manufacturers:
Nikon
Epson
Canon
Umax
digital techniques:
Distort Commands
QTVR
Liquify
Layer Compostiting
Direct scanning
Curves
Duotones/Tri and Quad
Solarize
Shooting off the screen
Inkjet transfer
shooting for Compositing in photoshop - green/Blue screen and lighting
Places to get prints from digital files
Shutterfly (650/610-5200),
Photo-Access (206/264-2488),
Ofoto (510/647-0514) .
Kodak also offers services from ofoto
analog photo supplies
Polaroid materials Polaroid 59 or 669
artists paper Fabriano
Gepe Snap together slide mounts
Slide film
Inkjet paper

Analog special effects:
Polaroid processes
Double exposure
Negative and slide sandwiches
Scratching on film
Solarization
Overexposure with diffusion
Flash and Jiggle
Uelsmann's multiple printing techniques
Cross processing On Hotwired or A simple how to and how to simulate it digitally
Filtration on camera (eg Cokin), on lights (eg gelling the lights)
Alt processes - Cyano, Platinum etc...
Toning - Copper, Sepia, silver
Bleaching

Suppliers
B&H Photo
Freestyle Photography
mail order
KM 23rd street and 1st Ave

Labs:
there are a plethora of labs in the photo district between 5th Ave and 6th Ave between 17-20th Streets. Many give student dicounts if you ask.

Publications of interest
AfterImage
Doubletake
Aperture
Art in America
Art Forum
PDN – Photo District News – especially the Pix issue
blindspot
arttext

Photosource
PhotoServe

Recommended Exhibitions this semester
Sam Taylor Wood
Jeff Wall
Joel-Peter Witkin The Mystery of Presence Sept 5-Oct 12. RICCO/MARESCA 529 W 20th St, 3rd fl, 10011, 212/627-4819, fax 212/627-5117, info@riccomaresca.com, Tues-Sat 11-6. : Oct 17-Nov 16: The MŸtter Museum in Photographs.   

Terry Evans Tales from the Prairie. Kahn/Selesnick SchottensumpfkŸnftig YANCEY RICHARDSON 535 W 22nd St 3rd fl 10011, 646/230-9610, fax 646/230-6131, info@yanceyrichardson.com, Tues-Sat 10-6. Sept 5-Oct 12: