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The Portfolio

Posted in PHOT 150, PHOT 151, PHOT 152, PHOT 156, PHOT 165, PHOT 167 by Paul Turounet on October 8, 2008


Portfolio boxes available from Archival Methods and Light Impressions


Once the artist has identified their subject matter in combination with their own sense of vision, aesthetic approach and technical execution, it becomes necessary to develop and produce work that challenges this subject matter visually, intellectually and emotionally. How does the artist challenge these considerations and progress so that the work doesn’t become static and repetitive? When does the artist know or realize that he/she has exhausted all conceptual possibilities in relationship to their sense of photographic vision?

Thinking about your conceptual concerns and what to photograph, I would propose you gravitate towards what your interests and curiosities are. How would you approach those concerns photographically to reveal what they would look like as a series of photographs? In addition to their visual engagement, what do you want the photographs to reveal, suggest or evoke, intellectually and/or emotionally, in relationship to these ideas and perceptions? Consider how your use of the camera, photographic aesthetics and materials as well as your technical execution will be utilized in making photographs that begin to suggest and inform these curiosities and ideas.



Shoot photographic images that reflect focused attention on your curiosities and interests through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship in preparation of developing a conceptually cohesive portfolio of photographs. In finding your subject matter, you are encouraged to further explore the conceptual concern or idea developed from the photographic work you presented from the previous shooting assignment and/or work made from the various shooting assignments completed during the course.


Give particular attention to the following:

  • Use of the photographic frame, vantage point, moments of exposure and the role and use of light to reveal your interpretation of the thing itself and details.
  • Various visual strategies and points of view, including the compositional possibilities with a single frame, multiple-image sequences, the juxtaposition of images (diptychs and triptychs) and multiple-image series (typology – conceptually and/or visually).
  • Correct controls of the camera, image exposure and processing, use of materials (color, black & white and/or alternative materials), photographic printing, and presentation methods.
  • Edit and sequencing of work in the portfolio. Avoid duplication of similar types of imagery unless it is a function of your conceptual concern.
  • Consistent image sizing, material sizing and use of materials.
  • Refined sense of technical craftsmanship, including correct image density and contrast, color balance and print finishing (retouching and matting considerations).
  • All photographs, regardless of size, are required to be presented in a sized, professional portfolio box or portfolio book.


It is essential that your idea reflect a sense of considered thought, active visual and intellectual exploration and is articulated with a cohesive vision and voice. As suggested in the previous shooting assignments, I would encourage you to follow-up with me regarding your ideas and conceptual development by emailing me digital contact images of your efforts and/or meeting with me with edited contact prints in an effort to propose a greater sense of visual clarity and interest.



For the portfolio, please attention on a conceptual concern/interest/curiosity through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship and present the following:

PHOT 150

Contact Sheets of Digital Files Shot for Final Portfolio (no more than 6 images per Contact Sheet)


Minimum of 10 finished digital photographic prints made in the Grossmont College Photography Digital Lab.




PHOT 151

Contact Sheets of Film Shot (minimum of 5 rolls) for Final Portfolio


Minimum of 10 finished analog photographic prints made in the Grossmont College Photography Darkoom


Minimum of 10 finished digital photographic prints made in the Grossmont College Photography Digital Lab.  Digital Prints are Required to be Printed on Ilford Gold Fiber Silk


Photographs from previous shooting assignments completed during the course may be included in the Final Portfolio so long as all of the photographs in the portfolio reflect a cohesive conceptual exploration.

Each finished photographic print is required to be retouched, however, window-matting / mounting is optional.

Regardless of print size, the print portfolio is required to be presented in a portfolio box or a portfolio book.


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