Core Lab 4: Photo Contexts
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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 3111
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This advanced core lab is one of an umbrella of classes tailored to the Photography Program's areas of study: Contemporary Art, Creative Industry, Fashion Culture, Imaging Technology and Social Engagement. Each course provides a depth of conceptual, theoretical, practical, and professional inquiry specific to the student's area of interest. This course, in coordination with Core Studio 4, provides focus for the senior thesis experience and a career beyond graduation. The following will be offered in spring 2016:

Documentary Strategies: This section of Core Lab 4 explores historical and contemporary practices in documentary photography, with an emphasis on current formal, conceptual and methodological directions of the genre. Exploring documentary’s ability to portray the complexity of a larger culture as well as an understanding of the everyday, students examine the tension between the presumed objectivity of the lens and the subjective view of the photographer.

Conceptual Strategies: In this section of Core Lab 4, students explore process in practice, moving through explorations of appropriation, de-contextualization, multiplication, systems, collecting, mapping, surveillance and other conceptual practices as means for producing bodies of photographic work. Students develop and refine their critical skills and vocabulary, as well as their understanding and application of critical theory in practice.

Expanding Technologies: This section of Core Lab 4 focuses on 3D rendered photography, introducing students to the world of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Emphasis is placed on the compositing of rendered images with images captured using digital photography. Topics include: polygonal modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, and compositing.

Fashion Editorial: This section of Core Lab 4 explores the professional and practical aspects of fashion photography and related media as they apply to the development of a personal visual style, and it’s application in a contemporary fashion editorial context. Creative/professional practice will be informed by discussions regarding fashion design, the fashion industry, the history of the fashion editorial, and contemporary visual and cultural expectations within the genre. Students will learn technical skills as they produce a series of fashion shoots during the course of the semester.

Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors, juniors only. Pre-requisite: PUPH 3100 Core Studio 3: Photo Contexts and Core Lab 3: Photo Contexts. Co-requisite: PUPH 3110 Core Studio 4: Photo Contexts.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Photography students.