This class is an advanced study of photography that focuses on photography as an art form. We will explore more "alternative" methods of darkroom and digital photography to examine the true art of the photographic medium
For this assignment you will pull old negatives and using scissors, scratch tools, and permanent markers you can start changing the negative. You can tape the pieces of the negative together to form another negative. Think about weaving the negative strips or using a paper hole punch. There are so many options! You will be creating 2 different altered images to pass in and these can be done in different ways.
• Start by finding old negatives or prints to work from (you will be ruining the negative so make sure it is not one you really like)
• Find ideas on what you might want to do—do you want this to be conceptual or just focus on design?
• Start cutting, scratching, or adding to the surface of the negative (or print) to see what happens
Some Artists to consider: Henri-Cartier Bresson, Steiglitz, Steichen, Emmet Gowin, Edward Weston, Bill Brandt, Winogrand, Weegee, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa, Walker Evans, Tina Barney, Atget, Brassai, Joel Meyerowitz, Annie Lebowitz, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White, etc.
You must photograph an entire roll of images (or 50 frames if you are shooting digital) with a sense of your chosen photographer’s style. Definitely think about their message and the overall look of their work. Be creative and make these images your own—do not simply copy one of their images. These images should be your ideas that emulate your photographer and incorporate your own unique talents. You can use their ideas either stylistically or symbolically.
• Research a photographer. Try this google search to give you a jumping off point.
• Write a one-page paper that describes their style, how you want to incorporate their style into your photographs, what you like about their work, and give me a background on them.
• Photograph your images using their ideas of style, intent, subject, and possible equipment.
• Make sure to make this your own by only using their ideas of style and not their actual images, unless you want to focus on appropriation. This work should be you with a little twist. I should be able to see the influences of your personal work and the inspiration from your chosen photographer.