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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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Possible Curriculum Activities

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Critical Issues Responses

1 – Considering How Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult.

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Working Process | Image-Making Assignments

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

 

1 – The List

2 – Paper Negative Portrait

3 – HyperReal

4 – Elliptical Narratives

5 – Deadpan

6 – Cyanotype Processes

7 – Making Photographic Retablos | Digital Tintypes

8 – The Photographic Portfolio | Book Maquette


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Final Project

The Portfolio

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PHOT 166 Fall 2018 Calendar

Section 0336 | Mondays and Wednesday – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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8 | 23 – Monday

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 – Wednesday – 1

Discussion on Images and Developing Ideas and Conceptual Consideration | Approaches

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

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

ASX | American Suburb X

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8 | 27 – Monday – 2

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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8 | 29 – Wednesday – 3

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 3 – Monday

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

No Class | Labor Day Holiday

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9 | 5 – Wednesday – 4

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 10 – Monday – 5

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 12 – Wednesday – 6

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 17 – Monday – 7

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 19 – Wednesday – 8

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 24 – Monday – 9

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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9 | 26 – Wednesday – 10

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 1 – Monday – 11

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 3 – Wednesday – 12

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 8 – Monday – 13

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 10 – Wednesday – 14

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 15 – Monday – 15

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

 

10 | 17 – Wednesday – 16

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 22 – Monday – 17

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 24 – Wednesday – 18

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 29 – Monday – 19

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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10 | 31 – Wednesday – 20

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 5 – Monday – 21

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

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 7 – Wednesday – 22

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 9 – Friday

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

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11 | 12 – Monday – 23

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 14 – Wednesday – 24

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 19 – Monday – 25

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 21 – Wednesday – 26

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 26 – Monday – 27

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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11 | 28 – Wednesday – 28

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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12 | 3 – Monday – 29.

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

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12 | 5 – Wednesday – 30

Digital Lab | Analog Lab – Film Processing and Print Darkroom

Working Process and Daily In-Class Lab Discussion | Practice

Turn-In Final Project | The Portfolio

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12 | 10 – Monday | Scheduled from 1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Presentation of Final Project | The Portfolio

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12 | 13 – Wednesday

No 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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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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460 – Working Process Assignments | Picture of the Day (30 @ 15 pts each)

100 – Image-Making Assignment |

..40 – Image-Making Assignment |

..40 – Image-Making Assignment |

..20 – Image-Making Assignment |

300 – 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%) ………1000 – 925

A-.. (92% – 90%) ………..924 – 895

B+..(89% – 87%) ………..894 – 865

B (86% – 83%) ………..864 – 825

B-.. (82% – 80%) ……….824 – 795

C+..(79% – 77%) ……….794 – 765

C (76% – 70%) ……….764 – 695

D (69% – 60%) ……….694 – 595

F (59% and less) ….…594 – 0

 

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