Advanced Photo Concepts: Portraiture and Context
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 3846
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This studio course explores contemporary, classical, painterly, fashion-oriented, and postmodern approaches to portraiture by examining how photography has conveyed identity, beauty, urgency, imagination, ambiguity, extreme sensibility, emotional depth, refinement versus rawness, the rigorously technical representations of surfaces, and diverse examples of visual ideology perceived through different forms of portraiture over the course of history. During the semester students develop a range of portraits, associated with a particular field of interest including fine art, editorial, documentary, fashion, photojournalism, still life, or collage. The class looks closely at some of the exemplary photographers who have contributed significantly to the portraiture genre, as well as the mavericks who defy conventions to forge more personal or idiosyncratic representations. Discussions will focus on student’s ideas and concepts as they evolve as well as technical and formal strategies to expand and strengthen one’s work

Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 2110 Core Studio 2: Photo Contexts OR PSAM 2806 Lighting in Context
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
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Some seats in this class have been reserved for Photography majors.


Open to Undergraduate students.