Summer 2009

ARTS 626
Pictures from Home: Photographing the Domestic Landscape


06/29/2009 - 07/16/2009
Monday-Thursday 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Art Workshop 112

Special Schedule: Three Week Course - July 4-July 21 - July 4th Holiday makeup class will be held Friday, July 8 from 2:00-5:00

After spending years documenting public life, photographers were invited into the home and turned their attention toward the intimate, the loving, the terrifying, and revealing nature of the domestic landscape. We will start the course by closely studying photographs included in "Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort" - the seminal show curated by Peter Galassi at MOMA in 1991. Then we will examine more in depth the work of Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Doug DuBois, Tina Barney and others.

All this will serve as inspiration and background for what will be a personal project that each student will undertake for the duration of the course. After the first week, which will include a brief review of Photoshop techniques (including digital workflow, color correcting, making selections, working with layers, and archival inkjet printing), each student will be asked to come up with a proposal for a photographic project they will shoot for the rest of the class.

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.

Approximately half of all class time will be spent working on the images and printing, while the remaining time will consist of slide lectures and print critiques. Emphasis will be placed on shooting done outside of class: students will be asked to shoot 80-100 pictures for each meeting. The final portfolio will consist of 10 unique and cohesive images.

Please note that due to the fast-paced nature of the class, students are required to attend every class. Students are also encouraged to think of project ideas before they arrive for the first class.

This class can accommodate a wide range of experience, but it is expected that the students have prior knowledge of camera operation and be familiar with the Mac platform. Although not a requirement, it is highly recommended that a digital single-lens reflex camera be used during the course.

Course tuition: $2022. Additional course fee: $275. This fee will cover the cost of ink and a pack of 50 sheet inkjet paper.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. This course is not open to auditors.

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: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 12

Texts to purchase for this course:

Please Note: Handouts will be on reserve at Art Library.

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