Fall 2009
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 624
A Photograph: Between Fiction and Fact


09/14/2009 - 12/18/2009
Monday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Zilkha Gallery 106; Science Tower 72

From its earliest days, photography was mistakenly perceived as a fundamentally objective, scientific medium concerned with truth and fact. Quite the opposite, by its very definition, the photographic image—a flat, two dimensional, black and white artifact—is anything but an accurate representation of reality. Despite its indexical relationship to the subject, a photograph is a thing onto itself: a creation; a fiction. Taking this into consideration, students will be asked to explore the hybrid nature of photography through creation of original and personal images, some of which are staged and some observed. As background and inspiration we will examine the work of artists who have worked in both the documentary and directorial traditions, including Cindy Sherman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Larry Sultan, Gregory Crewdson, An-my Le, and others.

Class time will be primarily devoted to intensive critique and discussion of work as well as slide lectures. In addition there will be a comprehensive review covering Photoshop techniques including digital workflow, color correcting, making selections, and working with layers.

The emphasis of the course will be placed on shooting done outside of class: students will shoot 100 pictures for each meeting and submit 40 selected images to the instructor every week. This is a digital course. (Camera should be supplied by the student and have manual controls. Although not a requirement it is strongly recommended that a digital SLR be used for the duration of the course). The final portfolio will consist of 10 unique and cohesive images.

The reading will consist of handouts that will be available in class and on reserve in the Art Library. No other text will be required.

This class can accommodate a wide range of experience, but it is expected that the students be comfortable with digital camera operation and be familiar with the Mac platform. Students will be required to have access to their own printers to make work for the course.

Course tuition: $2022. Additional course fee: $75.

This course is not open to auditors.

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.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

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