Add a digital negative assigment next time I teach this. Paper negs, on transparecy film, use orange color neg mask, think in reverse

8704 Experiments in Digital Imaging: From Pixel to Paper

Professor Terry Towery email

Textbook: Required Textbook: Robert Hirsch's Photographic Possibilities: the Creative use of material and processes
Optional Recommended Textbook: Real World Photoshop
Recommended Readings:
The Digital Printing Handbook - A photographer's guide to creative Inkjet Techniquesby Tim Daly
Mastering Digital Printing by Harald Johnson ISBN 1-929685-65-3 Musk & Lipman publishers
Prerequisites: Knowledge of, and interest in, photography, photoshop and some other art making process besides zone system photography is required (eg: painting, drawing, sculpture or multimedia, etc...)  General: There is to be NO EATING OR DRINKING in the classroom. We will take short breaks for Input and output. I expect you to be on time to class. We will often have lecture/demonstrations at the beginning of class and then allow time for in class lab/practice time at the end of class.

Course Description:

This class is designed to encourage the student to experiment with digital output. This will be an exploratory class to encourage the student to integrate digital tools into the traditional creative process. We will focus on integrating photo quality digital imaging along with tradtional art making processes. Using the Epson Photo quality printers, the film recorder, polaroid materials and alternative/nonsilver processes we will concentrate on producing a portfolio of experimental images. The focus of the course will be on printed still images however it should be noted that mixed media is strongly encouraged. While Photoshop and other software packages will be explored, We will focus on output devices and their alternative possibilities. Breaking the rules and learning a healthy DISrespect for the technical process will be encouraged.

Grading: Your grades will be based on both technical ability and creativity. Creativity is your own unique approach to the assignmmnet or problem, Technical ability is straightforward and relates to how well the technique suits the imagery.
There will be three open content assignments that will comprise 15% each of your grade = 45%
There will be an oral presentation that will comprise 10%
There will be a final portfolio Due at the beginning of the last session that will comprise 35% of your grade
Class participation will comprise the remaining 10%
Structure: The course will alternate weeks between lecture/Demos and critiques. It is expected that the student will create a portfolio of 15-20 images for the final session. Traditional straight photographic images are not acceptable as fulfilling this criteria. The student will submit SLIDES of their final pieces for me to keep. The final portfolio will be as though you were submitting your work for gallery review or publication
Recommended Materials:

Lazertran - wait until I discuss it in class.
1 box Polaroid type 59 from B&H (Can be shared amongst 2-3 students)
1 package 10 sheets 17" x 11" lazertran (the regular kind, not the inkjet) from
1 package 10 sheets 17" x 11" lazertran Inkjet from
1 10 pack paper red blue anaglyph glasses
1 package Epson Inkjet transparency material from B&H or staples etc...
1 Brayer from nycentral
Artists paper: nycentral
1 sheet Fabriano,
1 sheet Rives cold press,
1 sheet Arches hot press
4 5"x 7" gessoboard Art panels from ny central
4 5"x 7" art-boards from ny central

weekly reading
Week 1  Introduction to course Philosophy. First assignment given, Extending the image Intro to OSX for OS9 users
Begin Lecture on the Imaging Chain.
 Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Week 2 Discussion of different output devices. Example slides.
Direct scanning assignment
Week 3 Demo of Output devices available. film recorders, laser printers, plotters, inkjets, Dye Sublimation,Projectors, shooting off the screen...  
Week 4  Crit direct scanning project. Student example slides.
Input and its impact on the output or Garbage In Garbage Out. Flatbed, Slide, PhotoCD, Drum... Resolution, Bit Depth, File size
Week 5  Image Transfers - Inkjet tranfers, Polaroid and Lazertran
 Digital Tansfers
Week 6  Critique Extending the image  Second assignmnet given The 3rd dimension
Week 7 Anaglyph demonstration
See the handout
Week 8  Immersive imaging eg; QTVR  
Week 9  Second Crit 3d  
Week 10  Third assignment Multiple imagery. Series, scrolls, books...  
Week 11

 Permanence and stability
Reading See

Getting seen, how to go about an artists career


Week 12  oral projects given in class  
Week 13  Third Critique  
Week 14  preparing a portfolio for submission  final portfolio
Week 15  Final Critique The final portfolio should consist of at least 15 pieces. High quality, properly labelled slides along with support materials of the works must be submitted at THE BEGINNING OF CLASS for you to pass the course.  



Photographer's formulary an excellent resource for those hard to find chemicals and maintains a reat list of links to other artists' pages
Digital art supplies for high qulaity papers and inks
Inkjetmall also sells ink and paper as well as "quadTone" inksets
Digital Truth
Dan Burkholder wrote a book on making enarged negatives digitally for non silver processes
Polaroid maintains a site about polaroid lifts and transfers

lazertran papers
Anaglyph glasses
ny central art
The Art store
Dick Blick has gesso boards and other great materials
Gesso Boards also from
Art Boards also from
Pearl Paint

Fred Endsley's alt process links
Lazertran Paper for making laser printed transfer prints
Epson Maker of high quality, reasonably priced photo printers.
Luminos Maker of "archival" quality of inks for a variety of printers
inkjetmall and cone editions makers of ink and fine paper for printing

Places that make prints from your digital files

Shops that make Irises in Dumbo
Gamma One conversions makes giclee irises and has prices online along with some other info.
Thunderbird editions in Florida

Jill Enfield
Daniel Lee
Olivia Parker
Dan Burkholder
Mariko Mori
Maggie Taylor
Anna Tomczak
Anselm Kiefer
Adam Fuss
Lucas Samaras
Bea Nettles
Duane Michals
JP Witkin
Jeff Byrd
John Reuter
Gerhard Richter
Joseph Cornell
Nick Bantok