Take a series of photographs in your neighborhood or another area that interests you.
Questions to think about:
It seems quite normal to take portraits of people, but what does a portrait of a the built environment look like?
How can you express the unique qualities of the place you live in?
How does local history effect your perception of the place you have chose to photograph?
If you choose to photograph a place that you do not live in, why were you drawn to this particular space?
Bring in at least five work prints, but you are more than welcome to bring in more than that.
Group 1 on Sept 20
Group 2 on Sept 27
Group 3 on Oct 4
Critique Groups will be assigned on September 6.
Here are the PDFs for Sept 13. The JB Jackson piece is a little longer than I thought, but it is an easy read. Both of these texts are also on reserve in the library. We will discuss these on September 13 and Oren Lukatz will be giving an artist talk.
JB Jackson, The Word Itself and A Pair of Ideal Landscapes
Britt Salveson, New Topographics
I realize that you probably won’t be able to read all of these articles, but I highly recommend reading the WTJ Mitchell essay. If you are interested in nineteenth century landscape photography the Joel Snyder essay is a must read. Power and Landscape in its whole is an excellent book! The essay on Pictorial Photography is for all the fans of soft focus.
Suggested readings for Sept 4th:
WTJ Mitchell, Introduction to Landscape and Power and Imperial Landscape
Peter C. Bunnell, Pictorial Photography
Joel Snyder, Territorial Photography from Power and Landscape
From the SFMOMA BLOG
Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version)
Richard T. Walker, artist
Fourth-floor performance gallery
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Walker’s meditative works combine spoken language, original music compositions, video, and photography to focus on the relationships among humans, language, and the environment. Walker performs in tandem with his film the speed and eagerness of meaning, adding another dimension to a work that explores the intersection of human consciousness and the natural world.
Part of Stage Presence Performance Series.
Space is limited; advance tickets required. $18 general; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for SFMOMA members. Ticket includes same-day museum admission.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
For class on Thursday, Aug 30 please bring in a series of images of your work to share with the class and we will do ten minute slide presentations. You can bring a survey of your work over time or bring your most recent project.
Take a series of photographs looking out of a window, door, or roof of your home. Print one image to bring to class for discussion. The home or studio has often been the subject of many artists work, so either explore your personal space as a starting point or bring in a photograph that features the built environment/landscape as the main subject of the photograph.
Please bring in one print for our first crit on Thursday, September 6.
László Moholy-Nagy, Berlin, from the radio tower series, 1928