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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 1051
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is a continuation of the techniques and topics covered in Photo 1. The goal of this class is to teach how to think and “speak” in pictures and to stimulate the curiosity to look at and photograph the society we share. Before there were words, there were pictures: pictograms, hieroglyphs, and the language of gesture. The class will begin with projects designed to introduce the grammar of photography, the choices photographers make to ensure their pictures communicate clearly information, ideas and feelings. Students will gain personal experience of the document, an idea unique to photography, through both class discussions and individual projects. The entire range of documentaries, from surveys to diaries and memoirs, will be shown through published books. The bulk of the course will be student projects; discussions will touch on the inherent formal and ethical issues and how they compare to the concerns of other media and disciplines. Finally, the projects will be edited, sequenced and structured into some form. This class will not demand high technical proficiency; some of the most effective documents have been produced by amateurs who want to preserve what they are witnessing.
Pre-requisite(s): PSAM 1050 Photography 1.
Open to Undergraduate students.