Summer Session C 2019
MW 1pm—5:45pm



Paul Carlo Esposito (

Office hours

Wednesday in classroom by appointment
12:00-1:00pm email instructor

Course Description

Covers technical, theoretical, and conceptual aspects of image making. Study consists of hands-on workshops, lectures, readings, and creative assignments. Students become knowledgeable in camera settings, exposure, lighting, and post-production software. Open to both beginners and students who want to deepen their knowledge of medium. Students dive into history and contemporary state of photography, focusing on the ways photography and photographic technologies have influenced society.

Goals of this course

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of photography as a technical craft and artistic practice
  2. Develop an original body of work
  3. Understand the ways photography has affected culture, society and the world
  4. Explore issues surrounding audience, viewership, accessibility, and distribution


15% Project 1 - Daylight
20% Project 2 - Night and Low Light
20% Project 3 - Studio
20% Project 4 - Thematic Series
10% Participation and engagement (contribution to critique and discussion)
10% Reading and film responses
5% Photographer Presentations

Every student is expected to contribute to discussions, critiques, and our overall classroom environment. Work hard and show up to class prepared. One of the most valuable parts of being in a group class is offering and receiving feedback in the form of critiques on work. Respect one another and be aware of one anothers different backgrounds, experiences, and identities. No phone use during class time. No laptops open during critiques. If you bring food into the classroom, please eat it discretely.

Attendance is taken very seriously and is especially important since we only have 11 classes in the entire Summer Session (we have one class day off for Labor Day). Each unexcused absence will result in one full letter grade down (from an A to a B, for example). If there is an emergency and you must miss class, email me before class. Absences will not be excused after the fact except in extreme circumstances. Illness requires a doctor’s note. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be marked tardy. If you are more than 20 minutes late, you will be marked as an unexcused absence. Two tardies result in one unexcused absence. The most important thing is to communicate with me honestly if you need to miss class or be late to class.

If you turn in a project late you miss the opportunity to share with your peers during the critique session and receive feedback, an important part of this class. If you don’t have a project done at the deadline, we will discuss an alternative deadline and one letter grade will be subtracted from that project. If you miss this second deadline, you will receive no credit for that project. Reading responses are graded P/F based on completion on the day they are due, these cannot be turned in late.

Photographer Presentations

Choose a photographer and put their name in this google doc. Create a 5 minute google slide presentation in which you talk about the photographer's career, unique style, and what drew you to them. Include at least 5 high res images. Photographers can come from readings, lectures and your own research. You will present to the class on 8/26. Drop your google presentation in this folder.


You must have the explicit consent of any person appearing within your work.

Academic Accommodations

Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) at (310)825-1501 or in person at Murphy Hall A255. In order to ensure accommodations, students need to contact the CAE within the first two weeks of the term.

Mental Health & Wellness

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, depression, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. UCLA offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, consider utilizing the confidential mental health services available on campus. I encourage you to reach out to the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for support. For more information visit: Phone: (310) 825-0768. An after-hours clinician is available 24/7.

Commitment to Diversity and Safer Spaces

We understand the classroom as a space for practicing freedom; where one may challenge psychic, social, and cultural borders and create meaningful artistic expressions. To do so we must acknowledge and embrace the different identities and backgrounds we inhabit. This means that we will use preferred pronouns, respect self-identifications, and be mindful of special needs. Disagreement is encouraged and supported, however our differences affect our conceptualization and experience of reality, and it is extremely important to remember that certain gender, race, sex, and class identities are more privileged while others are undermined and marginalized. Consequently, this makes some people feel more protected or vulnerable during debates and discussions. A collaborative effort between the students and instructor is needed to create a supportive learning environment. While everyone should feel free to experiment creatively and conceptually, if a class member points out that something you have said or shared with the group is offensive, avoid being defensive; instead approach the discussion as a valuable opportunity for us to grow and learn from one another. Alternatively if you feel that something said in discussion or included in a piece of work is harmful, you are encouraged to speak with the instructor.