Week 20 Course Update

A short school week this past week on account of the snow day we had on wednesday.

Monday in digital imaging I was introduced to the pen tool. I had never used it before as it had always intimidated me. Turns out it’s actually really, really useful and isn’t too scary once you get the hang of it. I’ve also been trying out using a tablet instead of a mouse. It’s great for some things but for others it feels like it’s giving me carpal tunnel.

Crit was fun this week. I’m going away to work on a project over spring break, so recently I’ve been making snapshots around New York of anything that jumps out at me that might relate or inform the ¬†upcoming project. It’s basically a warm up to get my brain moving in the right direction.

Tuesday in History of The Book, we briefly talked about Japanese photo books. We didn’t have much time to discuss as we also each had to present our series of ten resequenced photos from a photo book. It was great seeing what other people came up with.

The readings for last week were:

Badger and Parr, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1, Chapters 7 & 9

Vartanian, Ivan, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s, Aperture Books, NY, 2009, p 11-22

Also in the same book, Interview with Daido Moriyama

Hosoe, Eiko, and Hijikata, Tatsumi, Kamaitachi, Aperture Books, NY, 2009  (a beautiful book worth buying)

Eiko Hosoe

Phillips, Sandy, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, SFMOMA, 1999

Also in the same book: Alexandra Munroe, Postwar Japanese Photography and the pursuit of consciousness

No class on Wednesday because of the snow, but I’m busy trying to figure out what to do for an assignment for my Wednedsay morning class: Visible and Invisible.

The assignment:


A) Interpret visually the words that resonate in the most from at least one of the following books:

Paul Auster – The Invention of Solitude
Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida
Italo Calvino – Six Memos for the Next Millennium
Eugen Herrigel – Zen in the Art of Archery
Andrei Tarkovsky – Sculpting in Time
Charles Traub – The Education of a Photographer

B) Interpret verbally the images that resonate in you the most from the works presented in our class.

George Rousse’s work resonated with me the most. See some in this post HERE.


Next week: Joel Sternfeld comes to visit the department and History of the Book class field trip to a screening and discussion of George Gittoes’ movie Soundtrack to War:

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2 Responses to Week 20 Course Update

  1. That is so true about tablets – way faster to work with for about 90% of Photoshop but they kill your wrist!

  2. Melly Lee says:

    Hi James, not relevant to your post but I just wanted to say thanks for posting about your experiences at SVA. Your posts are helping me make decisions about my future after undergrad


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