Documentary Photography as 371. 303 Phyllis Berger



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Documentary  Photography AS 371.303

Phyllis Berger

pberger1@jhu.edu

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Cell 410-207-5862

 

In this course, we will explore different genres of documentary photography including: the fine art document, photojournalism, social documentary photography, the photo essay and photography of propaganda.



Students will work on a semester-long photo-documentary project on a subject of their choice. Camera experience is a plus, but not a prerequisite.  Students will be loaned a digital SLR for the semester.

 

Course Objectives



Students will:

Begin to think critically about images

View and discuss the work of documentary photographers

Gain proficiency in the use of the camera

Learn to connect images sequentially

Create a semester long documentary project

 

Grading


30% Students must be active participants in all classroom activities: joining in discussion of images, and completing assignments for critique on time.

60% Final project



 

Attendance

You must be on time for all classes. Three late classes count as a missed class.

Two missed classes will lower your grade by one letter.

Three missed classes result in an F.

 

Class 1

Lecture: What is Documentary Photography?

Discussion on various forms this genre takes

Introduction to Feldman Theory

Camera Operation

 

Reading Assignment

Understanding Exposure Brian Peterson

Practice using your cameras see assignment sheet on Blackboard

Upload images to Flickr See data sheet on Blackboard

 

Class 2

Field practice: Baltimore Street Car Museum

Shoot Raw

 

Class 3

Camera Raw Tutorial

Discussion of Flickr uploads

 

Lecture: Street Photography

Roy DeCARAVA

Eugene Atget

Robert Doisneau

Lee Friedlander

Diane Arbus

Cartier Bresson

 

Digital Journalist Discussion

 

Assignment

Street Photograph

See assignment sheet on Blackboard

Due Class 5

 

Class 4

Hampden Skate Park

Shoot raw

 

Write a semester long project proposal due class 6

You should pick a project that would lend itself to a photographic essay on a subject that truly interests you. We will have critiques of your work as we progress through the semester to help with technical and content issues.

 

Class 5

Photoshop Tutorial and Lab

 

Reading for Class six

We will work on street car photos

 

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Begin work in class on semester project

 

Class 6

Movie and Discussion “True Meaning of Pictures”

Lab

 

Reading for class 7

 

 “Impossible to Forget” on electronic reserve

 

Short crit

 

Discussion of project proposals

 

Class 7

Fells Point

 

Class 8

LAB ½ CLASS

Movie and Discussion War photographer

Lecture: Photographer as Witness 

James Nachtwey 

Michael Kenna

 

Upload images from your semester project to flickr

You can post them under your set

 

Lab

Class 9

 

Critique: Bring images on a portable drive

 

Class 10

Reading “The Harvest Gypsies” PDF on Blackboard

 

Lecture: Farm Security Association

Discussion: Issues of Photographic Integrity

 

Dorothea Lange

Russell Lee 

Arthur Rothstein 

Propaganda photos from Soviet Union

 

Lab

Critique

 

Class

Lab

 

Class 12

Final Critique

 

 

 

 

 


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