Spring 2004
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 613
Studies in Photographic Portraiture & Self-Portraiture


01/26/2004 - 05/08/2004
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Davison Art Center 300

Photography is a medium perfectly suited to the portrayal of one another and of one's self. We will investigate the many approaches to the photographic portrait/self-portrait ranging from the traditional to the more experimental methods. Weekly readings will inform our visual investigations and provide a context for dialogue, as will photograph books and visits to local photographic archives. Throughout the term, we will also learn basic digital photographic methods to refine images.

We will examine photographic work by Julia Margaret Cameron, August Sander, Diane Arbus, John Coplans, Lee Friedlander, Emmet Gowin, Nan Golding, Francesca Woodman, Lucas Samaras, Judith Joy Ross, Cindy Sherman, Dawued Bey, Sally Mann, Samuel Fosso, and others.

Texts will include books by photographers such as: Lee Friedlander, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nan Golding, John Coplans, Diane Arbus, Judith Joy Ross, Edward Curtis, Edward Weston, Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, and Francesca Woodman, among others.

After completing a series of exploratory assignments during the first half of the course, each student will propose and produce a final body of eight to ten photographic portraits or self-portraits. Additionally, a seven to ten page critical essay on a photographer or issue concerning portraiture will be required; a presentation stemming from the paper will be presented to the class. Students will submit four short response papers to selected readings, should plan on shooting a minimum of one roll of film per week, and will submit five prints every other week for critique. A tripod is recommended.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Marion Belanger (B.F.A. Alfred University; M.F.A. Yale University) is a widely exhibited photographer whose current projects focus on visualizing ecology. Her photographs were recently shown in the main terminal of the Tampa International Airport, and in Germany as a part of Contemporary American Photography, 7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and from the Connecticut Commission Culture & Tourism. Her book Everglades: Outside and Within, was published by Center for American Places at Columbia College in 2009. View her work at www.marionbelanger.com.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Richard Brilliant, PORTRAITURE (Reaktion Books) Paperback


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