A Visual Diary
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NPHG 2025
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Keeping a journal is a ritual for many people. Discovery, self-revelation, and recording time and place are common reasons for writing a diary. In this course, students use a camera to visually track their own lives: daily routines, special events, family, home, neighborhood, work, etc. Through weekly critiques and group discussion, the class works together to edit each student's set of photographs into a cohesive visual commentary. Examples of written and visual diaries are read/shown for illustration and discussed. Photographic techniques and composition are discussed as tools to advance visual ideas. Any format is acceptable: black & white, color, digital, Polaroid ... as long as you take photos daily. Introduction to Photograpy 1: Technical Foundation or equivalent experiencer. Bring samples of your recent photographs to the first session for review (prints, slides, or a CD).