Offered: Summer (Venice Program only)
Prerequisite: None - Students should bring with them a digital camera with manual function (preferably a digital-single-lens-reflex camera) and a laptop computer with Photoshop and/or Lightroom
Using Venice as both studio and stage, students undertake intensive study of color and black-and-white digital photographic techniques. Frequent photo shoots are combined with lectures on photo history and aesthetics, visits to Biennale exhibits, and field trips to Padua and the lovely nearby islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello. Students will be instructed in Photoshop, Camera Raw and other editing programs. They will be encouraged to combine an artist’s eye with their technical knowledge to create photographic records about a city that, perhaps more than any other, has been “written on water.” Particular attention is paid to development of narrative cohesion in each student’s work through weekly class critiques and individual meetings. Course work will be aimed at developing personal vision and creating portfolios of the highest quality.
(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)