Spring 2006
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 613
Studies in Photographic Portraiture & Self-Portraiture

Belanger,Marion

01/23/2006 - 05/06/2006
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Zilkha Gallery 106

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.

Photographic work by August Sander, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Francesca Woodman, Lee Friedlander, Nan Golding, John Coplans, Judith Joy Ross, Sally Mann, Emmet Gowin, Katy Grannan, Loretta Lux, and others will be looked at.

Texts will incude The Portrait is Not a Likeness: The Archive 29, and Art Photography Now by Susan Bright. A packet of readings will also be required.

After completing a series of exploratory assignments during the first half of the course, each student will propose and produce a final in-depth study of ten photographic portraits or self-portraits. Additionally, a presentation on the work of a specific photographer or on a critical issue pertaining to portraiture is required, along with four short response papers to selected readings. Students should plan on using a minimum of one roll of film per week or the digital equivalent. Class critique of photographic assignments will be ongoing and students should be prepared to be an active participant in the critique process. A tripod is recommended.

THIS IS A REVISED COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SUPERCEDES THE ONE PUBLISHED IN THE COURSE CATALOG

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


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.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:
Susan Bright, ART PHOTOGRAPHY NOW (Aperture), 1st Edition, Paperback

Richard Brilliant, PORTRAITURE (Reaktion Books), Paperback

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323

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