Spring 2010

ARTS 613
Studies in Photographic Portraiture & Self-Portraiture


01/25/2010 - 05/07/2010
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.

Texts will include Richard Brilliant, Portraiture and Brookes Johnson, Photography Speaks: 150 Photographers on Their Art. A packet of readings will also be required.

Each student will propose and produce a body of eight photographic portraits of self or other as a final project. Other course requirements include the presentation of five images bi-weekly for critique, as well as response papers to readings and gallery visits, and an in-class presentation on the work of a photographer.

Course tuition: $2022.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is not open to auditors.

For the first class meeting, students should have read Richard Brilliant, Portraiture, up to page 44.

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.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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