INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY


Prerequisites:

there are no prerequisites. An analogue camera is recommended, but if you don’t have one, we will provide one for you.

6 hours per week
12 weeks
4 hours of darkroom work
2 hours of theory and review

Course description:

This course will provide students with the main skills of photographic techniques, film developing and printing in black and white, aiming to define a personal vision and an individual approach to contemporary photographic language.

Students will explore different techniques, aesthetics and ideas on photography in the context of various assignments, such as interiors, nature, portraits, street photography, urban and social landscape, self-portrait. The assignments are worked out individually by every student and will be presented in class together with an artist statement.

Issues involving image production from conceptual concerns to technical practice, composition and editing will be considered in relation to the history of photography, the works of masters of photography and contemporary photographic tendencies.
Didactic methods include lectures, slideshows and film projections, reviews and group discussions to strengthen the creative process of the students, as well as shooting sessions and visits to exhibitions. 4 hours of darkroom lab every week will help to explore options for technical control and visual experimentation.

On completion of this course, students should have improved their ability to think critically, engage in complex reasoning and express their thoughts clearly through their written work. Students should also have improved their understanding of the importance of light and composition in photography
and have developed an appreciation for the historical process of photography as well as for the work of contemporary photographers.

Students will work with analog black and white photography in the darkroom.
Students must have an analog film camera with manual features, cameras can also be borrowed by the school. Chemicals are provided.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be asked to develop a personal photographic project, with an individual visual and conceptual approach completing their body of work and interest, using their skills focusing on photography’s role in art and communication.

Course Material:

As an FSM student you have free access to all our facilities.