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PHOTO 239 — Building a Photographic Portfolio

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 12
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm 
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Units: 2
Tuition: $555
Instructor(s): Adam Katseff
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: (No class on May 29)
On-campus course
6:30—9:30 pm 
Apr 3—Jun 12
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
2 Units
Adam Katseff
Please Note: (No class on May 29)
In the art world, a great photographer is not measured by a single photograph in isolation, but by the way multiple images work together as a series. The purpose of this course is to explore the difference between a group of disparate images and a coherent body of work, and then apply this learning to your own photographs. Through class critiques and individual meetings, you will build a strong personal portfolio and help others to craft their own successful bodies of work. We will work to find and champion your individual strengths within photography and to improve your technical skill both behind the camera and throughout the printing, editing, and sequencing processes. By the end of this course, you will produce a refined, cohesive portfolio of fifteen to twenty photographs, and build a personal canon of photographers and artists who inspire your own work.

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. This 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.

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. Katseff received an MFA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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