Print Version

Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 2; this course is included in the Analog Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 56.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will identify methods for safe handling of photographic chemical used in Experimental Photography.
  • A successful students will create a portfolio of photographs exploring the concepts/techniques of experimental.
Description -
Exploration of experimental approaches to creative photography, using silver and nonsilver processes. Introduction to digital manipulation of images.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Become familiar with approaches to experimental manipulation of conventional photographic practices.
  2. Manipulate photographic negatives and positives chemically.
  3. Experiment with non-silver printmaking processes.
  4. Experiment with electronic imaging processes.
  5. Analyze experimental images technically and aesthetically.
  6. Become more appreciative of the qualities inherent in the manipulated image.
  7. Recognize contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the range of technical tools available to the creative photographer.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes, and with a desk for each student; cameras and other needed equipment; laboratory areas equipped for processing film, making enlargements, and finishing prints; all required chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing these. Access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Overview of early image-making processes
    1. Gum bichromate.
    2. Cyanotype.
    3. Albumen.
    4. Bromoil.
    5. Platinum and Palladium.
  2. Overview of contemporary alternative processes.
    1. Hand-coloring.
    2. Toning and split-toning.
    3. Collage.
    4. Multiple printing.
    5. Inkjet and Polaroid manipulation and transfer.
  3. Overview of non-chemical photographic processes.
    1. Computer imaging.
    2. Multimedia and web-based art.
  4. Discussion of the work of contemporary experimental photographers and image-makers
    1. Important contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the wealth of alternative artistic and technical pathways open to contemporary photographers
    2. Detailed analysis of specific experimental images and genres.
    3. Field trips to local galleries and photographers' studio when appropriate.
  5. Instruction in specific experimental photographic techniques.
    1. Solarization and the Sabbatier effect.
    2. Multiple printing.
    3. Hand-coloring.
    4. Graphics arts films.
    5. Gum bichromate and cyanotypes.
    6. Inkjet and Polaroid manipulation and transfer.
    7. Multiple images (via multiple film exposure and multiple negative printing).
    8. Electronic imaging and digital negative production.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Creation of photographs using the various techniques. The assigned projects will be evaluated for professional craftsmanship, visual aesthetics such as originality and imaginative communication, appropriateness of process to statement, and final photographic impact.
  2. Exams on the techniques of the photographic processes and safety procedures in the experimental darkroom.
  3. Written paper/Presentation on an experimental technique or the images of a contemporary experimental photographer/image-maker.
Representative Text(s) -
  1. James, Christopher. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Delmar Cengage Learning: 2015.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, supplemental lectures, handouts, tests and assignments delivered via e- mail; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via e-mail; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, listserves and newsgroups.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures on the traditional methods of photography and on creative image production.
  2. Discussion and Electronic discussions/chat using the language of traditional photographic imaging and photographic/artistic critiques.
  3. Demonstrations of traditional photography techniques.
  4. Field trips to visit photographic, artistic and technical locations.
Lab Content -
  1. Visit and review of photography exhibition
  2. Field testing of photographic materials
  3. Use of darkroom facilities
  4. Use of print finishing facilities.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Gallery/museum reports
  2. Review of handouts and relevant reading material
  3. Research and planning of individual creative projects
  4. Reading and study of the textbook
  5. Write a paper discussing the presentation and work found in a photography exhibit, from a gallery or museum found on the instructor's approved list.
  6. Photo Critique Print Exchange: Using the language of photography, write a detailed critique and feedback paper on a fellow student's photograph; exchange critiques and discuss.