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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 1 or 5.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

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:
  1. Gain in-depth understanding of one specific aspect or topic of photography.
  2. Learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
  3. Apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments in photography.
  4. 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) -
  1. Detailed explanation of socially concerned photography.
    1. Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  2. Comprehensive demonstration of the uses of appropriate equipment.
    1. Testing and/or experimentation of equipment by student as needed.
    2. Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
  3. Applications of equipment used and skills demonstrated
    1. Fine arts applications.
    2. Guest lectures by visiting artists.
    3. Online journalism applications.
    4. Field sessions to appropriate documentary sites.
  4. Practical use of equipment or technique demonstrated
    1. Availability and costs of equipment.
    2. Risks associated with technique or equipment demonstrated.
  5. Ethics of photographing persons in disadvantaged situations.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes and hands-on examinations as appropriate.
  2. A written paper analyzing the topic is required as a summation of the course experience.
  3. 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 -
  1. Lecture Discussion
  2. Field work
  3. Electronic discussions/chat
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
  6. Field trips
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading of books on socially concerned photographers
  2. Written paper comparing approach by early photojournalists/documentary photographers with that of contemporary practitioners, i.e., Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, and Edward Burtynsky.
  3. Field trips to sites of social concern
  4. Attend lectures by socially concerned photographers
  5. Attend exhibitions by socially concerned photographers
  6. Make photographs that reflect social concerns and issues
  7. Post images to online blog or website for discussion and feedback
  8. Produce photographic prints that demonstrate knowledge of social issues