PHOTO 76 — Alternative Photography
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 16—Nov 20
Time: 10:00 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 18
Instructor(s): Shirin Towfiq
Class Recording Available: Yes
While a single photograph can be compelling on its own, many cutting-edge artists now use their digital images as a starting point, merging them with a range of materials to create new and unexpected effects. In this course, students will explore techniques and digital technologies that expand how a photograph can be presented. Students will learn how to transfer their photographic images onto fabric, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, and other materials, emphasizing the use of imagery in storytelling, photography as a creative tool for change or reflection, and strategies for purposefully choosing processes or materials. We will consider various photographic transfer processes artists use today, such as Chartpak Ad Marker, waterslide decals, and cyanotypes. Along the way, students will be introduced to emerging and professional alternative photographers such as Binh Danh, Andrea Chung, Deborah Roberts, Lebohang Kganye, and Lorna Simpson. We also will examine the ways in which we experience, value, and consume the images around us. Finally, students will receive a prompt each week for exploration between class sessions, and for "show and tell" in class. By the end of the course, students will have made new and original works of art that offer an exciting alternative to standard photography.
Students will receive a materials list after registration. Students also may purchase a workshop box containing all course materials for an additional fee (plus shipping).
Shirin Towfiq is a conceptual artist who works in textile, photography, installation, and performance. Her work addresses cultural, communicative, and interpersonal relationships. Drawing from her experience as a second-generation immigrant, Towfiq recontextualizes commonly held ideas surrounding family, memory, comfort, and self-constructed identity. She received an MFA from Stanford.
Artist; Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9781285089317)