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PHOTO 01 — An Introduction to Photography as Art

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Nov 27
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $600
Instructor(s): Adam Katseff
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
On-campus course
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Sep 25—Nov 27
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Adam Katseff
Please Note: No class on November 20
What is the difference between a hobbyist’s snapshot and a photograph hanging in a museum? When is a photograph simply a means of documentation, and when is it a work of art? This contemporary twist on the classic photography course explores these questions through hands-on camera and editing techniques, portfolio building, and an introduction to the masters of photography. Through weekly assignments and critiques, we will work to hone your technical skills, build confidence behind the lens, and create a portfolio of beautifully printed images. This course will help students looking to gain expertise in composition, editing, and personal artistic expression. Mastery of the technical and conceptual elements that make for a compelling image will translate easily to all cameras, all media, and all forms of visual expression.

No photography experience is required, but general computer knowledge is necessary. A digital camera with manual controls, or a film camera with the ability to scan the film, is required. Students must also have a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom installed. (Students will not have access to the Stanford darkroom.)

This is the first in a sequence of three courses on the technical aspects of picture making. This course is an introduction for those with no experience in photography. The second course (Winter) centers on developing a personal style of picture making with group critiques. The third (Spring) is geared toward building a strong portfolio. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Adam Katseff, Fine Art Photographer

Adam Katseff’s work has been shown internationally, most recently at the Sasha Wolf Gallery, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Art Museum. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, and he received the inaugural INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award. He is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco. Katseff received an MFA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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