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PHOTO 239 — Building a Photographic Portfolio

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 30—Jun 4
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: May 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Margo Davis
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on May 28
7:00—9:00 pm
Apr 30—Jun 4
5 weeks
Drop By
May 13
1 Unit
Margo Davis
Please Note: No class on May 28
The body of work of a skilled and accomplished photographer is measured by a group of images that contain a strong personal voice as a collection. The art world looks for an artist who produces many dynamic photographs, not just one.

This course will guide you toward building a coherent body of work that will present well together: a striking photographic portfolio. Through class critiques and individual tutoring, you will learn how to build a strong, unique portfolio that reflects your personal artistic point of view. The class as a whole will work together to discover everyone’s individual strengths, focusing on both skills behind the camera and in the printing, editing, and sequencing processes. By choosing a theme, you will produce a refined cohesive portfolio of fifteen to twenty photographs. We will also look at the work of photographers and artists who can be our inspiration.

Students should have access to a digital camera. While levels of experience will vary, each student is expected to have an understanding of camera functions and know how to competently print photographs.

This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the technical aspects of picture making. The first course (Fall) was an introduction. The second (Winter) centered on developing a personal style of picture making with group critiques. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Margo Davis, Fine Art Photographer

Margo Davis has taught for Stanford, UC Berkeley Extension, UC Santa Cruz Extension, and the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. Her books include Antigua Black: Portrait of an Island People; The Stanford Album: A Photographic History, 1885–1945; Under One Sky; and Antigua: Photographs 1967–73. Her work is represented in individual as well as major museum collections including the Cantor Arts Center and SFMOMA. Her work can be viewed at margodavisphoto.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.