First-Year Studies: Basic Analog Black-and-White Photography


This analog film-based course introduces the fundamentals of black-and-white photography: acquisition of photographic technique, development of personal vision, and discussion of photographic history and contemporary practice. Reviews are designed to strengthen the understanding of the creative process, while assignments will stress photographic aesthetics and formal concerns. Conference work entails research into historical movements and individual artists’ working methods through slide presentations. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to make frequent visits to gallery and museum exhibitions and to share their impressions with the class. The relationship of photography to liberal arts also will be emphasized. Students will develop and complete their own bodies of work as culmination of their study. This is not a digital photography course. Students must have a 35mm film or medium-format film camera and be able to purchase film and gelatin silver paper throughout the year.