The Photographic Self-Portrait
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NPHG 2013
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
The first photographic portrait was a self-portrait made by chemist and inventor Robert Cornelius in 1839. The genre was of interest to innovative photographers in the early and mid-20th century, including László Moholy-Nagy and Berenice Abbott. It has continued to evolve to explore issues of identity and the body—think of Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, John Coplans. Students are challenged to think critically in response to weekly assignments that approach the self-portrait from a variety of perspectives. The key to the course is the development of a personal self-portrait portfolio, through which students strengthen their relationship to their medium and the creative process. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography 1 or equivalent knowledge and experience.