This class will be a broad and intensive investigation, primarily through the photographic work of members of the class, into the pleasures and terrors of photographic representation. We will study the properties of individual photographs and the meanings created when they are combined into groups, series and sequences. Photographic books, slide shows, magazine layouts and installations will be explored as means of developing visual fluency and coherent self-expression. We will critically examine the spectrum of photographic practices from amateur snapshots, to photojournalism, advertising, surveillance, erotica, as well as contemporary art photography. Reading, slide shows, and class discussions will enlist a wide range of theoretical approaches to photographic significance.