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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 1 or 5; this course is included in the Photography-Professional Practices family of activity courses.
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 -
  • Student will create a small group of photographs inspired by the technique or subject matter of a photographer or research and write a short paper responding to the work of a photographer or artistic movement.
  • Student will write a critical review/analysis of a specific exhibition with the intention of publishing said review.
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 and related topics 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 role that exhibitions perform in disseminating ideas in photography.
    1. Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  2. Basic demonstration of the use of camera operations
    1. Testing and/or experimentation by student as needed.
    2. Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
  3. Guest lectures by curators, docents or visiting artists as appropriate.
  4. Visits to museums and galleries
    1. Knowledge of museum rules and policies regarding photography
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. Produce a set of photographs that document various site visits or that are inspired by the work seen during site visits
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, Field trips.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading of monographs and exhibition reviews published in the popular press on photographers
  2. Written paper discussing the aims, strategy and motivations of an exhibiting photographer, interview with a gallery owner, curator or photographer.
  3. Production of photographs that document a site visit or that are inspired by the visit
  4. Basic research using online resources and websites that pertain to artists or photographers that will be visited.
  5. Posting of site visit reflections on a blog or website.
  6. Visits to selected museums and galleries