Final Photography Assignment

17 11 2009

The parameters for this assignment are open-ended; however the images must be technically correct and creative in content and aesthetics.

When looking for project ideas try to think small. Look at the world around you: your friends, family, activities, neighborhood, etc. What are you’re interests and what do you find to be interesting. From there you should be able to narrow your topic.

If you’re stuck, then email me. I will be more than willing to help you, but please do not contact me via the blog. Email is best.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: You will hand in ONE folder with the heading “yourlastname_final.” Within the folder you will submit all the image you shot for the assignment. The image you show in class will be titled yourlastname_final01.jpg, yourlastname_final02.jpg, and so on.

Two to Three images will be due in the drop box for class critique at the beginning of class 13 (Sections 6 &7: December 3rd; Section 2: December 7th).

If the assignment is not in the drop box by the start of class, the assignment will be considered a day late. Failure to follow the directions will result in a lower grade. All images must be shot this semester.

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Photo Assignment #2: The Intimate Portrait

8 10 2009

ASSIGNMENT: Photographing other people is one of the most basic elements of photography. There is a long history of portraiture dating all the way back to the formal studio portraits and romantic images of Julia Margaret Cameron from photography’s infancy to Steichen and Steiglitz’ work through to the myriad of photographers of the modern era whose work includes portraiture. These include Paul Stand, Sally Mann, Harry Callahan, Shelby Lee Adams. Despite their different backgrounds all these photographers go past the grab shot and make images that reveal something intimate about their subjects

Portraits are successful when the photographer and, by extension the viewer, connect with the subject. This is often achieved through eye contact between the subject and the lens but intimacy can also be conveyed through the sitter’s body language. When the subject is in a place where they aren’t at ease this will often times show through their body’s gesture and they will look posed or “stiff.” Make sure you spend some time with your subjects and photograph them in an environment where they feel comfortable.

PARAMETERS: Your images are to be sharply focused. If you are hand holding your camera that means using a shutter speed of ’60 second or faster (‘125, ‘250, etc.) To start with focus on the subject’s eyes

RESULTS: You should photograph at least two different people in two different environments and try to fill the frame with important information (their face. or body)

GOALS: Upon completing this assignment you should be able to engage a person and photograph them in a way that reveals something about them to the viewer.

SUGGESTIONS: Go to a local bookstore’s photography section or a library and look at portrait photography to get and idea of how experienced photographers approach portraiture. Also, this type of work is a staple of newspaper photography so look at the local paper for examples as well.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: You will hand in ONE folder with the heading “yourlastname_portrait.” Within the folder you will submit all the image you shot for the assignment. The image you show in class will be titled yourlastname_portrait01.jpg, yourlastname_portrait02.jpg, and so on.

Two to Three images will be due in the drop box for class critique at the beginning of class 9 (Sections 6 &7 : November 5th; Section 2: November 9th).

If the assignment is not in the drop box by the start of class, the assignment will be considered a day late. Failure to follow the directions will result in a lower grade. All images must be shot this semester.





Field Trip: World Press Photo

5 10 2009

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During our 6th class we will be meeting at the World Press Photo Exhibit at the Brookfield Place in Toronto. GH will not be supplying transportation to the Brookfield Place, so it is up to you to get to the venue. During the trip there an assignment, so please bring a notebook and something to write with.

Below you can find driving directions to the exhibit, or you can take the TTC to Brookfield Place.

Here’s the essential information:
Where: 181 Bay Street, Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place
When: Oct 15th for sections 6 &7; Oct 19th for section 2
Lost? My cellphone is 416.880.4622

For more info visit this website.





Images from Class Two

23 09 2009

André Kertész’s French Period

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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, View from the Window at Le Gras (1826)

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Unknown Artist, American School Daguerreotype, Frederick Douglass (1955)

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Academic Sources

23 09 2009

As an FYI to your research — the founder of Wikipedia, does not condone using Wikipedia for academic papers!

Here are a few avenues for finding Academic sources:

1. Google Scholar

2. Google Books

3. GH Library : Portals for Academic Search Premiere, Lexis Nexis, etc.





Images from Class One

14 09 2009

Sabastiao Salgado, Refugees, Korem Camp, Ethiopia, 1984

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Jumping Over Puddle, 1932

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Dorthea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936

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Steve McCurry, Afgan Girl, 1985

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Neil Leifer, Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, 1965

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Richard Drew/ Associated Press, The Falling Man, 2001

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Thomas Hoepker, A Day in the Sun, 2001

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Alberto Korda, Untitled, 1960

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Essay Resources

14 09 2009

Hi all,

Here are some preliminary resources for your essay. Please remember to have the image you are writing on approved before you begin your paper.

Photography Now

World Press Photo

VII photo agency

Magnum Photo