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The List

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul Turounet on August 17, 2014


In his 1954 Guggenheim Fellowship application, the photographer Robert Frank suggested…

“The photographing of America” is a large order – read at all literally, the phrase would be an absurdity. I speak of the things that are there, anywhere and everywhere – easily found, not easily selected and interpreted. A small catalog come to mind’s eye: a town at night, a parking lot, a supermarket, a highway, the man who owns three cars and the man who owns none, the farmer and his children, a new house and a warped clapboard house, the dictation of taste, the dream of grandeur, advertising, neon lights, the faces of the leaders and the faces of the followers, gas tanks and post offices and backyards…

These initial ideas of Robert Franks shooting list would be compiled into the seminal photographic book, The Americans.



I like these lists because they are excuse to get out the door. But the reason I used the list on my business card is because it explains my photographic practice. I don’t want to just photograph Weimreimers. I want my subject to be, as Robert Frank put it in his 1954 Guggenheim Fellowship proposal, ‘broad’ and ‘voluminous’.

– Alec Soth, On Lists



As a class, shoot your interpretation of the following items on the List that is created in class.

In considering your photographic vision and use of camera aesthetics, give particular attention to your 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 as they relate the items on the compiled Shooting List.

It is essential that your efforts reflect a sense of considered thought, active visual exploration and is articulated with a cohesive vision and photographic sensibility.


List for PHOT 166 – Image & Idea (FALL 2018)

  1. Mattresses
  2. Sedans (4-door cars)
  3. Suitcases
  4. Apple(s)
  5. Dogs
  6. Inverted/Disorienting Perspectives
  7. Love/Lust
  8. Boredom
  9. Tall People
  10. Anatomy



For the critique (see Calendar for Due Date) and evaluation, please complete the following:

Two (2) – digital contact sheets (no more than 6 images on each sheet) of at least 6 – 8 different items on the compiled Shooting List, revealing an interpretation of each of the items through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship.

Two (2) – finished photographic print of an item on the compiled Shooting List that is selected from a class edit of the digital contact sheets, revealing an interpretation of that item through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship.

All photographic prints are required to be made in the Grossmont College Analog | Digital Imaging/Photography Labs.

Turn-in all critique materials in a manila envelope for evaluation and feedback.

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