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PHOTO 81 — Serial Photography: Building a Photo Project

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 19
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 18
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $545
Instructor(s): Oleg Savunov
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 16—Mar 19
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 18
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Oleg Savunov
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In the early 20th century, photography emerged as a complex art form, demanding expertise in physics and chemistry. Each photo held great value and was considered a self-contained work of art. Today, digital technology unlocks our ability to take and share infinite numbers of photos that serve as powerful communication tools, especially when carefully curated.

In this course, we will explore the concept of series photography and delve into the potential for storytelling within a photographic project. To begin, we will identify areas of interest for each student and develop a range of potential themes for individual photo projects. Throughout this course, our focus will be on creating a series of photographs connected by a common theme, idea, or location. The chosen theme can encompass anything from your beloved pet to socially significant subjects like the global environmental crisis or migration policy.

Students will be assigned photographic tasks to complete independently as they work on their projects, along with a small selection of readings. Through critiques and discussions, we will establish a visual language and determine the genres that best convey each series’ essence. Additionally, students will gain insight into the historical origins of series photography as well as documentary and artistic photo projects.

While previous experience with photography is not required, it can greatly assist in making decisions regarding the overall aesthetics of the photo project. Students are welcome to use any camera, including mobile device cameras.

Photographer; Visual Artist

Oleg Savunov’s work integrates photography, video, and mixed media to explore intimacy in visual examination through portraiture, architecture, and landscape. He received an MFA from Stanford, where he taught two classes on conceptual photography. His work has been exhibited in Russia, Spain, Italy, and the United States and published in magazines such as Amuse, InRussia, The Guardian, F-Stop, The Calvert Journal, GEO, and The Village. His work can be viewed at olegsavunov.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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