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PHOT 166

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PHOT 166 | Image and Idea is an in-depth exploration of photographic imaging with an emphasis on relating historical and contemporary conceptual thought, practice and processes while directing the students’ energies toward a balance of image and idea. Students will develop a language specific for the communication of meaning within their photographs, pushing the medium beyond its pictorial qualities and engaging it into the service of ideas. Lens- and time-based concepts will challenge students’ ongoing work developed in previous classes, as they further examine present day realities, the function of memory, our cultural history, gender identity and the new visceral nature of the medium through contemporary methods, technical strategies, and alternative approaches thus achieving a stronger personal vision.

Using these discussions about ideas and developing conceptually curiosities as a jumping-off point, there will be initial discussion and practice with image-making and generating tools, including pinhole/low-technology cameras such as a Holga, cell phone/”first-person devices” such as a GoPro, instant film capture cameras, medium and large-format analog cameras, digital capture including digital cameras, scanners and digital appropriation.

In support of these various image capture considerations as they directly relate to conceptual concerns and ideas, various historical and contemporary working methods and practices will be explored to challenge your own visual sensibilities and conventions, including the use of various historical and contemporary materials and technical strategies such as 19th/20th – century processes, print-making options, the incorporation/use of other materials as well as contemporary digital output considerations.  These resulting idea and image investigations will be further considered within the contexts of presentation, including presentation for the wall, site-specific/public art, the photographic book and the photographic portfolio.

As the primary focus of the course is to create photographic work that challenges your conventions of what photography may be for yourself, we’ll spend considerable time and attention making and talking about your own photographs, leading to a final project portfolio.

Prerequisite: “C” or “CR” grade or higher in PHOT 150 – Introduction to Photography or PHOT 151 – Personal Photographic Vision or equivalent..

You will want to have / need to have access to an image-making device(s), including camera phones, analog cameras (SLR, Holga, medium-format), instant film cameras, “first-person cameras” (GoPro), digital point and shoot cameras, digital SLR’s (single-lens reflex) cameras and/or large format cameras are all appropriate options to use for assignments and projects. The Grossmont College Photography Program provides a selection of many of these cameras that can be checked for use on the weekends starting the third week of the semester. Positive daily attendance to each class session is required.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate the ability to recognize and recall the critical issues and visual strategies of historical, modern and contemporary photographic thought within specialized genres of photographic practice.

Create photographs of creative expression that demonstrate the purposeful use of conceptual development and visual strategies that attempt to define a range and depth of individual photographic practice within a specialized genre of photographic practice.

Demonstrate advanced application of photographic tools, materials and processes, including camera controls, image exposure and processing strategies, and photographic printing techniques.

Demonstrate application of proper laboratory practices necessary for making and presenting photographic prints of optimum technical quality, craft and professional standards.

Demonstrate application of critical thinking practices in describing, interpreting and evaluating the use of photography as a means of effective creative expression and communication of personal vision.

Assessment Activity: Final Project Portfolio.
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Course Information and Curriculum Links for PHOT 166 | Image and Idea

Scroll down page for detailed semester calendar and click on link to locate information regarding curriculum activities and assignments.  Due dates for the completion of the critical inquiry, project assignments and final project are in red.

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Critical Issues Responses

1 – Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult

2 – Commitment .

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Working Process | Image-Making Assignments

POD ! – Picture of the Day

 

1 – The List

2 – Paper Negative Portrait

3 – HyperReal

4 – Elliptical Narratives

5 – Deadpan

6 – Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Processes

7 – Making Photographic Retablos | Digital Tintypes


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Final Project

The Portfolio

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PHOT 166 Fall 2016 Calendar

Section 0336 | Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1:00 – 3:55 pm

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8 | 23 – Tuesday

Discussion on How Did You Learn Photography? and Why People (Including Yourself) Photograph

Introduction to course, discussion of syllabus, course expectations and use of course website

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8 | 25 – Thursday

Discussion on Images and Developing Ideas and Conceptual Consideration | Approaches

Walk-Thru Photography Program Facilities and Health & Safety Protocols

ASX | American Suburb X

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8 | 30 – Tuesday

Review | Discussion on Photographic Seeing, including Beyond The Surface | Thinking About PhotographsSeeing Photographs

Review | Discussion of The Camera and The Lens | The Digital Camera | Light, Film and Exposure

On Campus – Working with Holga Camera

Discussion | Demonstration on Developing Film

Walk-Thru of Film Processing Facilities and Health & Safety Protocols

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9 | 1 – Thursday

Review | Discussion | Demonstration on Developing Film

Presentation | Discussion on Printing Photographs in the Darkroom

Walk-Thru of Print Darkroom Facilities and Health & Safety Protocols

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | The List

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Elliptical Narratives

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9 | 2 – Friday

Census Day – Last Day to Drop without a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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9 | 6 – Tuesday – 1

Critical Inquiry Response due at start of class | Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult

Check-Out | Use of Holga Camera for Image-Making Assignment | The List

Discussion of Developing A Working Process and Making Contact Sheets

Review | Discussion on Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management – Adobe Bridge | Lightroom | Photoshop | Input – Principles of ScanningDigital Photographic Printing

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 1POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 8 – Thursday – 2

Review | Discussion on Digital Image Workflow, Processing and Management – Adobe Bridge | Lightroom | Photoshop | Input – Principles of ScanningDigital Photographic Printing

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 2POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 13 – Tuesday – 3

Review Discussion | Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 3POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 15 – Thursday – 4

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 4POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique | The List

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9 | 20 – Tuesday – 5

Presentation | Discussion of Image-Making Assignment | Elliptical Narratives

Discussion | Demonstration of View Cameras and Accessories

Discussion | Demonstration of Using the View Camera

In-Class Practice in Setting-Up | Using the View Camera

Image Pin-Up Discussion 5POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 22 – Thursday – 6

Review Discussion | Demonstration of Using the View Camera

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Paper Negative Portrait

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 6POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 27 – Tuesday – 7

Continued In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Paper Negative Portrait

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 7POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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9 | 29 – Thursday – 8

Discussion of Every Booth at the Unseen Photo Fair

Viewing and Discussion of Paul Graham at Pier 24  |  The Whiteness of the Whale

Continued In-Class Practice and Completion of Image-Making Assignment | Paper Negative Portrait

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 8POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 4 – Tuesday – 9

Critique | Paper Negative Portrait

Viewing and Discussion of Christian Patterson  |  Redheaded Peckerwood and Bottom of the Lake

Presentation | Discussion and In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | HyperReal

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 9 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 6 – Thursday – 10

Viewing and Discussion of Dawoud Bey | Art Begins With An Idea

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment |  HyperReal

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 10 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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10 | 11 – Tuesday – 11

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | HyperReal

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 11 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique at end of class | HyperReal

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10 | 13 – Thursday – 12

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Deadpan

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 12 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique during last hour of class | Elliptical Narratives – Part 1

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10 | 18 – Tuesday – 13

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Deadpan

Viewing and Discussion of Thomas Roma  |  The Men of the Vale

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 13 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique during last hour of class | Elliptical Narratives – Part 1

 

10 | 20 – Thursday – 14

In-Class Practice and Image-Making Assignment Due at End of Class | Deadpan

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Image Pin-Up Discussion 14 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique during last hour of class | Elliptical Narratives – Part 1

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10 | 25 – Tuesday – 15

Discussion | Presentation | Digital Negatives, Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Processes

Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 15 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Critique during last hour of class | Elliptical Narratives – Part 1

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10 | 27 – Thursday – 16

Discussion of Elliptical Narratives – Part 2 and The Portfolio

Digital Lab – Making Digital Negatives for Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Processes

Image Pin-Up Discussion 16 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 1 – Tuesday – 17

Appropriated Imagery – Google Earth

One-on-One Individual Critique | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Digital Lab – Making DIgital Negatives for Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Processes

Analog Lab – Cyanotype Process

Image Pin-Up Discussion 17 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 3 – Thursday – 18

Analog Lab – Van Dyke Brown Process

Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Image Pin-Up Discussion 18 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 8 – Tuesday – 19

Critique | DIgital Negatives, Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown Processes

Discussion of Selection of 3 Photographs to Represent Class in Fall Student Show

Analog | Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Image Pin-Up Discussion 19 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 10 – Thursday – 20

Analog | Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique (Non-Grade) | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Selection of 3 Photographs to Represent Class in Fall Student Show

Image Pin-Up Discussion 20 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 10 – Thursday

Last Day to Drop with a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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11 | 15 – Tuesday – 21

Analog | Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique (Non-Grade) | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Image Pin-Up Discussion 21 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 17 – Thursday – 22

Analog | Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique (Non-Grade) | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Image Pin-Up Discussion 22 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 22 – Tuesday – 23

Analog | Digital Lab

One-on-One Individual Critique (Non-Grade) | Elliptical Narratives – Part 2

Image Pin-Up Discussion 23 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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11 | 24 – Thursday

No Class | Thanksgiving Holiday

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11 | 29 – Tuesday – 24

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Making Photographic Retablos | Digital Tintypes

Analog | Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 24 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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12 | 1 – Thursday – 25

Discussion of Critical Inquiry Response | Commitment

In-Class Practice of Image-Making Assignment | Making Photographic Retablos | Digital Tintypes

Analog | Digital Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 25 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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12 | 6 – Tuesday – 26.

Critical Inquiry Response due at start of class | Commitment

Digital Lab | Analog Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 26 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

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12 | 8 – Thursday – 27

Digital Lab | Analog Lab

Image Pin-Up Discussion 27 | POD ! – Picture(s) of the Day

Turn-in Final Project | The Portfolio at end of class

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12 | 13 – Tuesday – 28 | Scheduled from 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Presentation of Final Project | The Portfolio

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Curriculum Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

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Curriculum Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

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140 – Working Process Assignments | Picture of the Day (28 @ 5 pts each)

..15 – Critical Inquiry Response | Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult

..40 – Image-Making Assignment | The List

..40 – Image-Making Assignment | The Paper Negative

..40 – Image-Making Assignment | Deadpan

..40 – Image-Making Assignment | Cyanotype

..20 – Image-Making Assignment | Making Photographic Retablos | Digital Tintypes

200 – Final Project | The Portfolio

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Final Grading

Your overall final grading based on points earned will be representative as follows:

A(100% – 93%) ……….535 – 495

A-.. (92% – 90%) ……….494 – 479

B+..(89% – 87%) ……….478 – 463

B (86% – 83%) ………..462 – 441

B-.. (82% – 80%) ……….440 – 425

C+.(79% – 77%) …………424 – 409

C (76% – 70%) ………..408 – 372

D (69% – 60%) ……….371 – 318

F (59% and less) …..…317 – 0

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