ARTS 108/CAMS 138 Syllabus

ARTS 208/CAMS 238 Syllabus


Required supplies list for ARTS108/CAMS138 can be found online at Amazon or B&H. You must obtain these supplies by the second week of class. The supplies should cost roughly $35. Please contact me directly if this presents undue financial burden for you so that we can arrange for financial assistance. 


See syllabus for details, assignments, and due dates.

ARTS 108

Henry Horenstein: Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual

William Henry Fox Talbot: Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art

Lia Gangitano: Boston School

John Berger: Understanding a Photograph

John Szarkowski: The Photographer's Eye

Keith Carter: Fireflies

Lewis Hine: Social Photography

Martha Rosler: In Around and Afterthoughts (on Documentary Photography)

Mary Street Alinder: Group F.64

Jay Maisel: Light, Gesture, and Color


ARTS 208

Rediscovering America with Anne Wilkes Tucker

Susan Sontag: In Plato’s Cave: from "On Photography"

Lia Gangitano: Boston School

Ansel Adams: The Print

Hito Steyerl: In Defense of the Poor Image

Lev Manovich: Watching the World

Kelly Dennis: Landscape and the West – Irony and Critique in New Topographic Photography

Jack Kerouac: Introduction to Robert Frank's 'The Americans'

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Stop Time

Dayanita Singh: Photo Fiction

Sally Mann's Exposure (warning: discussion of pedophilia and images containing child nudity)


Additional Readings

Magda Biernat: Adrift

Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Mastering the Power of Three

Jim Dow: Food Trucks

Jim Dow: Marking the Land

Jeff Brouws: Highway Landscape

Christopher James: Cyanotype Process

Natasha Geiling: The Day Winston Churchill Lost His Cigar

Jonathan Griffin: Out of the Light, Into the Shadows

Robert Adams: Why People Photograph

Sally Mann's Haunted South

Peter Malone: Why Irving Penn’s Portraits Are His Most Compelling Photographs

How Photographs Have Shaped Our View of the National Parks

Teju Cole: Take a Photo Here

Anne Brigman: A Pioneering Photographer of Nude Self Portraits

Beate Gütschow: a Conversation

Art and Fear: David Bayles & Ted Orland

Bryan Schutmaat Interview

Interveiw with Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself

The Kodak Colorama

Dark Light Film

Being Women: Poetry and Imagery

Karen Rosenberg: Landscapes Framed by a Chevy (Lee Friedlander)

Selected Slide Presentations

ARTS 208 - Lighting

ARTS 208 - Landscape and Portrait Evolution

ARTS 208 - Long and Short Term Projects

ARTS 108 - Composition and Timing

ARTS 108 - Exposure and Camera Basics

ARTS 108/208- Artist Statements // Writing Prompt

ARTS 108 - Light

Assignment Sheets

ARTS 208: Assignment #3 - Blind Photography

ARTS 208: Assignment #4 - Adaptations

ARTS 208: Assignment #5 - Final Project

ARTS 208: Artist Presentations

ARTS 108: Assignment #3 - Wholes, Halves, Quarters, Details

ARTS 108: Assignment #4 - Light

ARTS 108: Artist Presentations

ARTS 108: Assignment #5 Final Project


Trent Davis Bailey

Bryan Schutmaat

Susan Burnstine

Cig Harvey

Aline Smithson

Kurt Markus

Barbara Bosworth

Nina Katchadourian

Tabitha Soren

Michael Crouser

Ray Metzker

Anna Atkins

Colette Campbell-Jones

Lorna Simpson

Mark Klett- Yosemite in Time

Hank Willis Thomas

David Michael Kennedy

Dona Schwartz (nudity warning)

Andrea Modica

Lee Friedlander

Michael Clark

Ana Mendieta (nudity warning)

Magdalena Campos-Pons

Man Ray- Rayograph

David O. Alekhuogie

The Farm Security Administration Photographers

Clifford Ross- Landscape Seen and Imagined

Arnold Newman

Duane Michaels

Sebastião Salgado

Todd Hido Portfolio Site // Text // Text

Alec Soth // Text

Synchrodogs- (nudity warning)

Gregory Crewdson

Nan Goldin - (nudity, violence, drug warning)

Nan Goldin on Julia Margaret Cameron

Rai Yamada

Vivian Maier

Michael A. McCoy

DM Witman

Sebastião Salgado

Jeff Wall

Endia Beal // Text // Text

Hannah Bates

Christina Blackwood (nudity warning)

David Shannon-Lier

Carie Mae Weems

Mike Brodie (graphic content warning)

Ragnar Kjartansson

Amy Stein - Domesticated

Alison Rossiter -  Revive

Hiroshi Sugimoto

John Edmonds

Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa

Laurel Nakadate

Jerry Uelsmann

Julie Blackmon

Devinn Morris (police violence warning)

The New Topographics

Harold Edgerton - The Man Who Froze Time

William Eggleston

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Walker Evans

Claire Beckett

Mark Dorf

Camilo Ramirez

Jay Maisel

Andre Kertesz

Norman Mauskopf (nudity warning)

Jose Davila

William Clift

Preston Utley

Arno Rafael Minkkinen (nudity warning)

Keith Carter (nudity warning) // Video

Philip-Lorca diCorcia (nudity warning)

Doug and Mike Starn

David Hilliard (nudity warning)

Yousuf Karsh

Irving Penn