Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.
Tues, 2-5pm, Room TBC
This course will use digital photography to examine landscape[s] at the edges of the city; where urban/suburban landscapes are both complex and mysterious and the photograph is discovered only through committed observation. We will take inspiration from a new vision that developed within Italian photography in the 70s and 80s; a generation of photographers emerged who were drawn to explore invisible landscapes, marginal spaces, the forgotten corners of ordinary towns. Rejecting the iconic, they created a new photographic paradigm that privileged the regional and celebrated landscapes of the everyday.
This course is designed to use photography to observe, perceive and reveal; to slowly see our chosen site. Students will be encouraged to reject the digital camera’s propensity for speed and excessive production of photographs, instead we will treat the digital photograph as a rare commodity where the individual image is created through prolonged consideration.
The course will be undertaken using digitial SLR cameras; a workshop in the first class will provide a thorough introduction to all aspects of these cameras. [The AA has a number of digital SLR cameras available to borrow if necessary].
Session 1: LANDSCAPE & URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY LECTURE,
TECHNICAL CAMERA CONTROL WORKSHOP
Tuesday 3 Oct / 7 Nov
Session 2: SITE VISIT AND PRACTICAL CAMERA WORKSHOP
Tuesday 10 Oct / 14 Nov
Session 3: CLASS DISCUSSION AND REVIEW OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Tuesday 17 Oct / 21 Nov
Session 4: CLASS DISCUSSION AND PROJECT SUBMISSION
Tuesday 24 Oct / 28 Nov
A0 sized print of final photograph
The Photography Reader – Liz Wells
On Photography – Susan Sontag
Photography, Key Concepts – David Bate
The Photograph as Contemporary Art – Charlotte Cotton
Beauty in Photography – Robert Adam
Why People Photograph – Robert Adam
Thoughts on Landscape – Frank Gohlke
The Complete Essays 1973-1991 – Luigi Ghirri