The Contemporary Portrait
June 3 - July 22, 2011
The intent of this course is to introduce students to the possibilities of the photographic portrait in a contemporary setting. Technical aspects of portrait photography, such as light, color, and composition will be focused on, as well as the conceptual and historical elements that portrait photography makes prevalent. Various styles of portrait photography will be discussed, such as fine art, documentary, fashion and the self portrait, allowing students to be aware of and experiment with the practice that best suites their intent. Photographers including Julia Margret Cameron, August Sander, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller, Loretta Lux, Katy Grannan, among others, will be discussed in order to make apparent the history and transformation of the portrait within the realm of photography. Students will encouraged to examine the relationship to their subject, as well as the exchange between artist, sitter and spectator. Most importantly, the goal of this course is to open students to the limitless potential of the photographic portrait, allowing them to leave the course confident with the tools to pursue making alluring, interesting photographs.