Photography

The landscape of photography is rapidly changing, and Beacon’s program is designed to take the most advantage of these changes. Courses are offered in Freshman Photography, Digital Photography, Black & White Photography, and Advanced Photography.

Advanced Photography

“I try to work in the gap between art and life."- Robert Rauchenberg, artist

This is a portfolio class in which students will amass a group of work while developing their own personal style. Students will have the opportunity to work with both silver and digital technologies and experiment with process including, ray-o-graphs, toning and computer and mobile image manipulation and layout. Students will be exposed to the work of many interesting artists who use a wide range of imaging making techniques. Students must research their topics and be prepared to discuss and write critically about historical, cultural and political implications of the work and times in which the work was created.

DIGITAL/MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

“I have a camera. Sometimes I use it to make phone calls.” - Marty Yawnick, iPhoneographer

OVERVIEW

Mobile photography is radically changing the photographic landscape. Our class will explore the evolving medium by using both DSLR cameras and smartphones to shoot and share visual ideas. We will learn why mobile photography is different from traditional photography and how to create unique images and stories.

OBJECTIVE

As pioneers in the new mobile movement, students will learn how to work with cameras and computers in order to create visual communication. As each student hones his or her visual voice, they will be asked to work with image and text to solve problems and develop ideas. With an emphasis on documentary photography, students will become storytellers as they learn about shooting, processing, editing and layout.

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY 

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” - Ansel Adams

OVERVIEW

Students will learn the necessary skills to process film, print from negatives, operate cameras and enlargers, and mix chemistry for processing and enlargement, as well as examine the historical, cultural, political and technological events that have shaped photography over the years. In this class, students will create ray-o-graphs, portraits and landscapes with the goal of presenting a developed idea through a selection of photographs. They will be asked to critique and write critically about their work, and the work of others.

OBJECTIVE

This course will familiarize students with the basic mechanics of photography, and provide a historical perspective. As we explore the medium of photography, students will not only have the opportunity to engage with the camera, but they will come to understand the power of the photographic image.

9th Grade PHOTOGRAPHY

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange

OVERVIEW

Students are introduced to the concepts of photography, elements of design, postmodernism, and mobile photography. We will examine, among other things, why photography is important, what are the qualities of a good photograph, the ways that postmodernism plays with both notions, and how mobile photography is changing all of the above.

OBJECTIVE

This course is designed to familiarize students with the art of photography and its role in visual communication. Through a combination of discussion and hands-on exploration, students will learn about the basic aesthetics of photography, how to take a photograph that conveys a message or tells a story and the evolution of photographic image making.

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