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cph171syllabusW11_1onlinecopy(1) - Photography I | CPH 171...

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Photography I | CPH 171 | Winter 2011 Class Meets | T R 1:00 – 2:15 LSH 114 Prof. Nate Abramowski Office | LSH 165 Email | [email protected] Office Hours M 12pm – 3pm, R 3pm – 6pm [or by appointment] Required Text | Photography 10 th ed. London & Upton Criticizing Photographs by Terry Barrett GV Photography Handbook , Veenstra, et al., GVSU. Course Description | CPH 171 is an introductory course in black and white still photography. The course does not have a prerequisite and is the beginning point for the photography major in that it assumes no prior experience. This course will cover topics of aesthetics, composition, art and photo history, visual communication, camera operation, darkroom procedures for developing black and white negatives and making enlargement prints. Photography is a visual communication form that requires one to develop both creatively and technically. Discussions and course work will focus on the balance between creative process and the technical concerns of the medium. Course Aims | - To engage and explore the specific characteristics of B&W photographic materials. - To engage and explore the technical skills required in making B&W photographs from negatives: the effects of camera controls, film exposure and development, and print processing. - To develop a personal vision in relation to self and the world at large. - To deepen critical analytical skills in visual, written, and oral forms. - To provide challenges that encourages growth, which prompts one to continue to pursue these as an image-maker. - To engage images and ideas which afford the development of a critical aesthetic and the understanding of photography as an image-making activity. - To articulate how those theories, strategies, and conventions operate within photographic discourse through the application of critical analysis based on description, interpretation, and evaluation. Students are expected to be articulate regarding their own work as well as the work of their colleagues, in written statements and class discussions. Course Format | This course is comprised of two weekly lecture/critiques and one lab session. It includes participatory activities in the classroom, such as oral critique methods, discussions, demonstrations, and darkroom work. In addition, time must be spent outside of class photographing and developing the film before each class and lab sessions. Both content and technical material will be covered in the lecture then implemented in the lab and in the project assignments. Missed classes will be difficult to catch up by reading the text or asking class members. With an intense and steep learning curve, every session builds
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