VIS318 – Integrated Photo-based Explorations

Course Outline

List of FRAMEWORKS

#1 – Setting up the fake (1st iteration: Choose a notable artwork – historical or contemporary – and recreate it as a photographic image)

#2 – Low contrast (B&W image) based on one of two images:

#3 – Three images using the exact same framing for each

#4 – High key composition of grey to white (B&W image)

#5 – Low Key composition of grey to black (B&W image)

#6 – Still Life

#7 – Interior space of interest

#8 – Setting up the fake (2nd iteration: Choose a notable artwork – historical or contemporary – and recreate it as a photographic image. This may, or may not be, the same reference from Framework #1.)

Jan 17

  • Cadava, Eduardo. “Reflections.” In Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History. 92-97. Princeton, NJ: Princeton U P, 1997. (in PDF see p120-125)
  • Wall, Jeff. “Photography and Liquid Intelligence.” In Jeff Wall Selected Essays and Interviews, 109–110. New York: MOMA, 2007.

Additional Content:

  • Italo Calvino, “The Distance of the Moon”. In Cosmicomics, translated by William Weaver. 1965. Available as a Text (PDF) and Audio Podcast

Jan 24

  • Benjamin, Walter. “A Small History of Photography.” In Walter Benjamin Selected Writings Vol. 2 1927–1934, translated by Edmund Ephcott and Kingsley Shorter, 240–257. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard U P, 1999.
  • Burgen, Victor. “Looking at Photographs.” In Thinking Photography, edited by Victor Burgen, 142–153. London: Macmillan, 1982.

Jan 31

  • Krauss, Rosalind. “Photography’s Discursive Spaces.” In The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography, edited by Richard Bolton, 287–302. Cambridge, MA: MIT P, 1989.
  • Flusser, Vilem. “Introductory Note” and “The Apparatus”. Both in Towards a Philosophy of Photography. 7 and 21-32. London: Reaktion Books, 2000.