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ART 171 — Black-and-White Photography

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 28—Nov 2
Time: 7:00—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $540
Limit: 22
Status: Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, September 28 – November 2, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Off-campus field shoots: Saturdays, October 8 and 22, 9:30 am
Fall
On campus
Wednesdays
7:00—9:30 pm
Date(s)
Sep 28—Nov 2
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 7
1 Units
Fees
$540
Limit
22
Open
Please Note: On-campus class sessions: 6 Wednesdays, September 28 – November 2, 7:00 – 9:30 pm; Off-campus field shoots: Saturdays, October 8 and 22, 9:30 am
Black-and-white photography has had, and continues to have, a powerful impact in multiple genres of photography. Beginning in 1839, black-and-white was the first commercially viable process for creating permanent images imprinted on media. By the early 1980s, newspapers began printing in color, yet viewers remain conditioned and comfortable understanding scenes in black-and-white print. Today, there is a resurgence of interest in black-and-white photography, as well as a growing recognition that without the distracting element of color, photographs take on a purity of content in which character, composition, form, light, and gesture rule.

This course will explore three genres of black-and-white photography: nature and landscape, portraiture and still life, and street photography. Through weekly assignments and reviews paired with lectures, students will learn to create meaningful and insightful images that go beyond the obvious. Students will explore the technical aspects of natural and artificial lighting, as well as the many options for black-and-white conversions. This course will offer a unique opportunity for students to learn the fundamental skills of photographing in black-and-white while honing their visual skills of composition, light, and mood, and learning to recognize and utilize other elements of content-driven visuals.

This course includes two field trips to the Purisima Preserve and San Francisco.

Neal Menschel, Photojournalist; Commercial and Fine Art Photographer

Neal Menschel has served as the director of photography, picture editor, and senior photographer at The Christian Science Monitor and as a staff photographer for the Anchorage Daily News. His clients have included The New York Times, Newsweek, GEO, Yankee, Frontline, and USA Today. He has taught at Boston University and was the director of photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
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