Photography: Experimental

Students in the course explore new visual possibilities and ways of seeing through instruction on the technical and aesthetic aspects of a variety of experimental photographic techniques.

By combining both digital and analog processing, color and monochromatic output, and traditional and experimental modes of image capture, participants are pushed to work (and rework) their photographs to express ideas and develop a personal vision.

Working seamlessly between two often separate photographic work flows (a digital lab and an analog darkroom), students are able to play with and exploit this fascinating intersection.

Slide discussions and field trips to galleries and artists’ studios demonstrate the varied roles of photography, both contemporary and historic.

By the end of the course, students have a portfolio of images in a variety of mediums, a set of small handmade magazines, and the foundation for a strong conceptual understanding of how photographs are used and interpreted.

Note: Participants must have access to the same digital camera for the duration of the course.

Techniques covered:

  • Advanced metering and exposure using a digital SLR
  • Cyanotype printing (hand-coated nonsilver process)
  • Van Dyke printing (hand-coated silver process)
  • Pinhole-camera construction and use (BW darkroom)
  • Alternative origins of digital images (scanning/rephotographing/collage)
  • Manipulating digital images using Adobe Photoshop
  • Making digital negatives using ink-jet transparency media
  • Self-publishing techniques; DIY magazines
  • Large-format color ink-jet printing

Photography: Experimental is an all-day studio.