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|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 documentary photography.
- Learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
- Apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments and related topics 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 documentary photography.
- Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Comprehensive demonstration of the uses of equipment.
- Testing and/or experimentation by student as appropriate.
- Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
- Applications of equipment used and skills demonstrated
- Fine arts applications.
- Guest lectures by visiting artists as appropriate.
- Field trips 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.
- Produce a set of photographs that demonstrate knowledge of the importance of the documented site, i.e., historical preservation, prevention of further health violations, preservation of the environment, etc.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Langford, Michael & Andrews, Philip. Langford's Starting Photography, 6th Edition. Massachusetts, USA: Elsevier/Focal Press, 2009. |
NOTE: 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, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading of books on documentary photographers
- Written paper comparing styles and concerns of documentary photographers, i.e., Eugene Atget, E.J. Bellocq, Dorothea Lange, Sebastiao Salgado
- Lectures by documentary photographers
- Visit exhibitions by documentary photographers
- Visit online resources and websites of documentary photographers
- Post images to online blog or website for discussion and feedback
- Produce photographs that demonstrate competency with equipment and knowledge of the documentary issue(s) surrounding the people or site.