Each semester an outstanding photographic artist, curator, or critic from the Bay Area will be selected to develop and teach a course focused on their particular area of interest and expertise. The course will give students the opportunity to work intensively on projects within an area of specialization. The nature of the course will rotate from semester to semester, highlighting themes from documentary studies, narrative, public and community based projects, installation, and new technologies. Specific course descriptions will be available to students prior to registration.
ALTERNATE WORLDS: PHOTOGRAPHY & STORYTELLING This intensive studio course is an opportunity for students to explore the relationship between fiction and the photographic. We will examine storytelling in various modes in relationship to the photographic, thinking about how narratives are constructed through various modes of practice, such as combining text and image, utilizing the book form, working with moving image or juxtaposing still images to create new meanings and tensions. The semester will combine research, workshops, lectures/seminars, visiting speakers, gallery visits and critiques to create a major, self-directed final project. Centered around the relationship photography (in its expanded field) has to ideas of narrative and the staged, we will consider montage, collage, editing, layering and fragmentation as means to create new narratives and bodies of work, thinking about how text and image can inspire and affect one another.