|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- A successful student will explore a new topic, develop skills and time on task to deepen skills in photography and will create a small group of work or a short paper to illustrate this skill.
- A successful student will assess contributions of photographers from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the topic of photography being explored
|Description - |
|Investigation of a specific aspect or topic of photography through discussion and demonstration by the instructor(s) in the field.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Gain in-depth understanding of one specific aspect or topic of photography.
- Learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
- Apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments in photography.
- Gain an appreciation of contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the topic of photography being explored.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes; access to camera equipment and functioning laboratory areas for instructor demonstration and student experimentation; chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing same; access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Detailed explanation of socially concerned photography.
- Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Comprehensive demonstration of the uses of appropriate equipment.
- Testing and/or experimentation of equipment by student as needed.
- Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
- Applications of equipment used and skills demonstrated
- Fine arts applications.
- Guest lectures by visiting artists.
- Online journalism applications.
- Field sessions to appropriate documentary sites.
- Practical use of equipment or technique demonstrated
- Availability and costs of equipment.
- Risks associated with technique or equipment demonstrated.
- Ethics of photographing persons in disadvantaged situations.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Quizzes and hands-on examinations as appropriate.
- A written paper analyzing the topic is required as a summation of the course experience.
- Producing photographic prints that demonstrate competency with equipment and knowledge of social issues
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Langford, Michael & Andrews, Philip, Langford's Starting Photography, 6th Edition. Massachusetts, USA: Elsevier/Focal Press, 2009. |
This book remains a seminal text and although it has not been updated by the publishers since 2009, the information contained therein is still relevant and current for this area of study.
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture Discussion
- Field work
- Electronic discussions/chat
- Field trips
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading of books on socially concerned photographers
- Written paper comparing approach by early photojournalists/documentary photographers with that of contemporary practitioners, i.e., Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, and Edward Burtynsky.
- Field trips to sites of social concern
- Attend lectures by socially concerned photographers
- Attend exhibitions by socially concerned photographers
- Make photographs that reflect social concerns and issues
- Post images to online blog or website for discussion and feedback
- Produce photographic prints that demonstrate knowledge of social issues