Summer 2006

ARTS 624
Black and White Photography: Art and Technique

Rudensky,Sasha; Seeley,J.

06/26/2006 - 07/13/2006
Monday-Thursday 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This three-week intensive course teaches photography from the inside out, beginning with professional black and white darkroom techniques, in order to develop the vision and artistry to build a portfolio of compelling images. Students will hone their skills by photographing and making prints of a variety of subjects: landscape, portraiture, street photography, and still life. The goal of the course is to integrate the foundational connection between self-expression and technique.

To develop the technical skills of black and white photography, students will work in the Zilkha photography lab and darkroom, which features professional enlargers and high-quality lenses. Learning technique includes study of: evaluating negatives and prints, developing film, printing, reading light, visualization, and photographic design. Approximately half of all class time will be spent in the darkroom, while the remaining time will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and most importantly print critiques.

The text will consist of informal handouts that will be available in class on a daily basis.

Emphasis will be put on shooting done outside of class: students will be asked to shoot a roll of film (36 exp) for each meeting. Film development and contact proofs will be made by the darkroom staff in time for class. The final portfolio will consist of 6-8 technically competent and visually strong images.

For consistency, all students will use only Kodak Tri-X 400 film and Ilford Multi-Grade IV RC glossy paper. Students will use, and are expected to own and know how to operate, a 35mm SLR camera. Because of the fast-paced nature of the class, students are required to attend every class. This class is intended for intermediate students that have prior experience with camera handling and basic knowledge of exposure. The costs for this course include the additional course fee (covers chemicals and lab operation) plus out of pocket expenses for film, paper, and mat board. This is a film-based class: digital equipment will not be acceptable. Developing film and prints involves exposure to photographic chemicals; students with chemical sensitivities or who are pregnant should avoid this course.

Additional course fee: $240

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Sasha Rudensky (B.A. Wesleyan University; MFA Yale School of Art) is visiting assistant professor of art. She was the recipient of the Mortimer Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship in 2004-2005, which resulted in the series Remains. She is currently working on a portrait series Demons. Her work has been shown in Danziger Projects, New York; Gallery 339, Philadelphia; Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York and others. Click here for more information about Sasha Rudensky.

J. Seeley (B.A. SUNY Buffalo; M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design) is professor of art and author of High Contrast (Focal Press, 1992). His photography has been featured in more than 60 exhibitions, is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography, Eastman House, and many academic museums. Click here for more information about J.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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