Fall 2009 Courses

I’ve finalized my courses for the Fall semester. I’ll be taking:

Digital Imaging with Oliver Wasow:
The theory and practice of digital imaging will be explored in this course. The use of digital cameras; flatbed and film scanners; enhancement of images for various output options; tonal and color correction, color management, restoration and retouching techniques will be addressed, with a focus on creative masking and compositing techniques to create images from multiple image sources. Creating photo-real and surreal composites, exploring abstract panoramic image-making and creating a body of work that is well-executed from concept to presentation will also be included.

Contemporary Criticism with Richard Leslie:
This course is designed to examine both general and specific areas of critical discourse. The first project is to examine the distinctions between commonly used terms such as “history,” “analysis,” “theory,” “criticism” and “critical theory” in broad, but grounded, terms. The second project is to delineate the concepts of modernism and postmodernism by tracing the development of specific methodologies such as formalism, Marxism, semiotics, literary theory, structuralism and poststructuralism, deconstruction, feminism and psychoanalysis. This mix also provides location of emerging discourses in cultural studies, and issues of imaging and representation. Understanding the issues as an interrelated history of ideas will be emphasized.

Laws of Lighting with Chris Callis:
This course is an opportunity to learn the laws of light and to gain an appreciation of how important an understanding of light is to a photographer’s process. We begin with an exploration of the physics of light in order to explain its behavior. Sessions and assignments will teach students to approach every lighting experience with confidence. The purpose is to master these concepts and to ensure effective application of this knowledge. The ability to problem solve is a crucial element when faced with challenging lighting situations. Without this understanding it is very difficult to move beyond obvious limitations. The ultimate goal is to be able to apply these concepts and then to see all the possibilities.

Past Tense, Present Tense with Lyle Rexer:
An exploration of photography’s shifting relationship with several key topics that have played a central role in the history of the medium is the focus of this course. These topics will provide a lens with which we can explore our continued, and often complicated, engagement with the past. Issues to be addressed will include: photographic abstraction, the role of creative communities (e.g., Black Mountain College), the road as subject and metaphor, Africa as photographic subject and creator, the archive and modern consciousness and the artist as curator. In addition to readings and discussions, distinguished guests will help us to consider subjects from their professional perspectives.

My Master Critique for the Fall semester will be with Penelope Umbrico.

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4 Responses to Fall 2009 Courses

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  2. aleta says:

    What a brilliant idea, this blog.
    Wishing you well.

  3. Hi Marc,

    Sounds like you’re making the right choice then. Can you share what it is about the course description that causes you such a violent reaction? I hope you’ll keep reading the blog. Maybe there will be something on here you’ll find interesting without forcing you to commit suicide.

  4. MarcW says:

    For a moment, your blog got me kind of excited about graduate school (I have been out of school for a long time, and I kind of miss it.)

    Then I read the class synopsis for “Contemporary Criticism,” and thought, “Oh, right. I’d shoot myself in about ten minutes if I tried to go back to school.” For serious. My lower intestine would jump up through my neck and throttle my brain as soon as that dude opened his mouth.

    Good luck, though.

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