This course is a summer only class designed for students who have proven a strong foundation in black and white darkroom practices and wish to move on to more advanced photographic processes through investigations in black and white and alternative photography. These will include but are not limited to pinhole photography, liquid light emulsion and non manufactured chemistry for the creation of antique techniques such as cyanotypes and salt prints.This course proposes a survey on the different techniques of photography from its prehistory to the present. Course readings, lectures, and demonstrations will address photography’s multiple histories and its different technologies through time. The course is designed to expand on photographic vocabulary and to encourage experimentation and critical thinking. Students will utilize a variety of materials and techniques in order to push the boundaries of what the medium of photography is and the contemporary ideas about it. Class time will also include visits to museums, technical demonstrations, practical work, individual and group critiques.
All students must have analog SLR cameras which function in manual mode. All materials can be purchased in Florence. The first day of class the professor will accompany students to the photo store in order to purchase any missing materials.