WEEK 1: MONDAY _ 04.03.17

Introduction

Syllabus and Schedule

Lecture: Rebeca Méndez recent works

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Homework:

Introduction – Make a selection of 20 photographic images you have recently captured in any  medium (phone, SLR and/or analog. To be presented Pecha Kucha style—20 slides, 20 sec. each.

Upload your work to the website prior to the class meeting.

WEEK 1: WEDNESDAY _ 04.05.17

Pecha Kucha presentations

Homework:

Project #1 – CLUI (Center for Land Use Interpretation) Sites Research. Go to CLUI on Friday, 04.07, and study the exhibitions and database. Select one site to investigate for all your subsequent class projects. Thoroughly research your selected site’s history, industry, as well as social and environmental impact. Go to the site and document. Prepare a 5 minute presentation with visuals. —photographs, maps, charts, etc… Go to the site if possible.

WEEK 2: MONDAY _ 04.10.17

Review student work: Project #1

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 1

Overview of Project #2: On This Site.

Project Description:

The ‘On This Site’ project is an investigation of a specific site selected from The Center for Land Use Interpretation database, where the effects of the human interaction with the site have dramatically altered the landscape. The focus of the project is in art and environment.

Process: The project takes the students through the process of deconstructing a set of selected essays from the course reading, a selection of one predominate concept and word. A ‘reconstructing/regenerating’ creative process in phases follows: research, concept, creative direction, design direction, design, production, communication strategy, and distribution. (See creative phases document under ‘resources’ of the course website). The professor and T.A. will meet individually with each student to inform, critique and guide. Whether your work is being reviewed through individual meeting or class critique, you are expected to present your ideas formally, and in the most compelling and comprehensive manner as suggested by the ‘Creative Process Phases’ document.

Presentation: The creative process is to be presented as follows:

Letter Size (8.5 x 11) horizontal, create a grid and consistent layout with your name, project name, phase title, date and description paragraph (when necessary). This layout may become a page in your workbook, both physical and to be uploaded to the class website. So design it accordingly. Digital presentation unless indicated.

Homework:

Project #2.A – Deconstruct your CLUI Site research document as follows:

a) Refine your text and articulate a 250-word summary.

b) Select 5 key sentences that best capture the content of your text.

c) Select 20 key words that capture the essence of the text, from those, select 10, then 5 then, one.

d) Present your 5 and 1 key words. 

WEEK 2: WEDNESDAY _ 04.12.17

Review student work: Project #2.A

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 2

Homework:

Project #2.B – Reconstruct your Project #2.A

The five key words you selected as the essence of the essay (edit your keywords based on in-class feedback when appropriate) will be deconstructed based on the following criteria. Your presentation will consist of 25 pages (5 per word).

a) Semantic meanings: denotative & connotative. 1 letter-size sheet per word. (etymology, associative meanings, definitions, etc.)

b) Photographic expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word (make a grid of multiple images, one image is not acceptable).

c) Graphic/typographic/diagrammatic expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word.

d) Material expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word (you also can bring in objects as appropriate).

e) Spatial / Environmental expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word (think about scale).

Reading: The Altered Landscape by Peter E. Pool (Prologue only, up to page xxi)
Presented on Monday 4.17 by: Jennifer Acosta, Rosalind Chang, Telie Chen

WEEK 3: MONDAY _ 04.17.17

Review student work: Project #2.B

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 3

Homework:

Project #2.C – On This Site: Objective/Perceptive in Landscape Photography.

Research your site based on two main categories: 1: Objective investigation and, 2: Perceptive awareness. Photograph your selected site, if possible, or any site available to you, with each of these two points of view and select 5 images of each category  (10 total) to present digitally.

Upload your work to the website prior to the class meeting.

Reading River of Shadows by Rebecca Solnitt. Chapter 1: Annihilation of time and space.
Presented on Wed 4.19 by: Hillary Cleary, Nicole Chooke, and Tara Dilloughery

WEEK 3: WEDNESDAY _ 04.19.17

Review student work: Project #2.C

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 4

Homework:

Project #2.D – On This Site: Time + Space in Landscape Photography.

Research your site considering the relationship of time (duration) and space (location). Photograph your selected site, if possible, or any site available to you, and present 7 images from dawn to dusk (approximately one every couple of hours). Same exact location and position. Digital presentation — each photograph individually, as well as a group, organized in sequence.

Reading: Photography After Frank. Parts 1 and 2 from the reader.
Presented on Monday 4.24 by: Jason Farwell, Anran Gong, and Zoe Ingram

WEEK 4: MONDAY _ 04.24.17

Review student work Project #2.D

Homework:

Project #3: Each student to research two photographers/artists (see list).

Readings: Theories of Photography by Sabine Kriebel, from Photography Theory, pp. 3–22. Focus on Talbot, Kracauer, and Szarkowski.
The Author as Producer by Walter Benjamin, pp. 94–95
Presented on Wednesday 4.26 by: Alison Jeng and Delaney Kasdorf

WEEK 4: WEDNESDAY _ 04.26.17

Review student work Project #2.D and Project #3

Homework:

Project #2.E – On This Site: Ecological and Social Impact

Research your site considering its Ecological and Social Impact. Photograph your selected site from these two points of view and present 3 selected images of each approach. Digital presentation — each photograph individually, as well as a group, organized in sequence.

Reading: Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs By Ansel Adams.
View Finder by Mark Klett. Part 2 only.
Presented on Monday 5.01 by: Isabella Kefgen and Jacob Klitsner

WEEK 5: MONDAY _ 05.01.17

Review student work: Project #2.E

Homework:

Project #4.A: On This Site: Final Project: Ideation Phase / Concept Development

Allow for the research to speak to you—listen and observe patterns, possible relationships (both, congruent and incongruent). In other words, through observation and play, allow ideas to emerge. Each idea is a pool of visual potentialities. Explore ideas, imagine what ‘it’ can be and make notes, both verbal and visual. Ideas are the images of thought. Ideas are stories. What is the story of the site that you will tell? Present your ideas with words and images—photographs, diagrams, graphs, maps, illustration, etc…These images can be only yours or references that represent your creative direction.

Reading: The Last Picture Show by Douglas Fogle.
Presented on Wednesday 5.03 by: Lilyan Kris and Shuwen Liu

WEEK 5: WEDNESDAY _ 05.03.17

Review student work: Project #4.A

Homework:

Project #4.B – On This Site: Final Project: Creative Direction Phase

Define the event and its surroundings, the mise en scène, the ethos — character, mood, feeling, essence, principles, rationale, attitude, voice, looks—of your selected idea. Present the creative direction of your idea with words and images—photographs, diagrams, graphs, maps, illustration, etc…These images can be only yours or references that represent your creative direction.

Reading: California by Robert Adams.
Topologies by Edgar Martin. Parts 1 and 2.
Presented on Monday 05.08 by: Elana Sasson and Sofia Staab-Gulbenkian

WEEK 6: MONDAY _ 05.08.17

Review student work Project #4.B

Homework:

Project #4.C: On This Site: Final Project: Content Development: Words and Images

(Photoshoot design and production plan) and Design Development

During this phase you design the specifics (with exactitude) of each one of the elements of your visual vocabulary, from graphic elements—color palette, typography, logotypes, symbols—to photography,  videography, and  illustrations. You also define your spatial, material and auditory elements as well as your words.  Photoshoot production plan: Equipment rental reservation, assistants, permits, etc… need to be in place by May 5.

Reading: “Zero Landscapes in the Time of Hyperobjects” by Timothy Morton.
“The Politics of Verticality” from The Wretched of the Screen by Hito Steyerl.
Presented on Wednesday 05.10 by: Briana Tran, Zichao Xu and Erica Young

WEEK 6: WEDNESDAY _ 05.10.17

Review student work: Project #4.C

Homework:

Project #4.D – On This Site: Final Project: Photoshoot(s)

Your final photoshoots (as many as required to arrive at your desired photographs) needs to happen at this time, between Thursday, May 5 and Tuesday May 10. All your focus needs to be in the generation of your final photographs and in the selection of the images to present. Therefore, plan ahead and be ready. Digitally present a selection of 20 photographs. Color correct as many as possible for this presentation.

Reading: Reading: Surface: Contemporary Photographic Practice
Presented on Monday 05.15 by: Alexander Yih, Fanyi Yu, and Tyler Yin
This will be the last assigned reading in the course.

WEEK 7: MONDAY _ 05.15.17

Review student work Project #4.D

Homework:

Project #4.E: On This Site: Final Project: Book design: Words and Images in sequence.

Commit to your final words and images and organize your story in sequence. Print two sets of your images at 2” high and bring them to class (bring any extra images to work in class on finalizing your sequence).  Also during class, input the images to the book layout in InDesign.  Size to be determined. Refine your typography.

WEEK 7: WEDNESDAY _ 05.17.17

Review student work: Project #4.E

Homework:

Project #4.F – On This Site: Final Project: Book design and Final selection of Photographs

Refine your book layout and typography. This is the final presentation of design before we move to design production. Commit to your final photographs and process them—color correction, retouching, cropping, etc…. Your images must be finalized by now in order to allow time to make professional prints for the final presentation.

WEEK 8: MONDAY _ 05.22.17

Review student work Project #4.F

Homework:

Project #4.G: On This Site: Final Project: Photography: Print production. Book: Production

WEEK 8: WEDNESDAY _ 05.24.17

Review student work: Project #4.G

Homework :

Project #4.H – On This Site: Final Project: Book design and Final Photographs

Each student will present 2 professionally printed photographs, framed. It takes about two weeks to print and frame.