Storytelling and Photography
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Photography
Course Number: PUPH 1525
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Video
Can a picture tell a story? What is the relationship of photography to cinema? How have the movies influenced contemporary photographic practice whether it is fine art, editorial or commercial? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in this class. The class will give students an opportunity to create narrative-based pictures that are influenced by a variety of cinematic styles developed throughout the 20th Century. In addition to slide lectures, field trips, guest photographers, film screenings, readings and class assignments, the course will consider the visual styles developed by great directors such as Hitchcock and Antonioni and the more recent photographic work of Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Cindy Sherman, Sam Taylor Wood and William Eggelston. Students will draw on the technical skills they are learning in Freshman Seminar to create a final body of work that is stylistically informed by the variety of cinematic languages and narrative strategies examined in the course.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors; others by permission of Photography program. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 1011 Freshman Seminar 2 or PSAM 1051 Photography 2.


Open to Undergraduate students.