Contact me
Terry.Towery@Lehman.Cuny.Edu
Course Description
This course is the advanced Black and White photography course.
Exhibition visitation reports: You must do TWO photography exhibition reports. These should be more than one, but not more than two, double spaced pages. I want you to see and experience photography first hand and not through reproduction. Photography in New York is the best place to find out about exhibitions.
 

Recommended Textbooks

Bob Hirsch's Transformational Imagemaking

F295
Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes


Henry Horenstein's Beyond Basic Photography ISBN#0-316-37312-5
AND
Criticizing Photographs An Introduction to Understanding Images Terry Barrett ISBN#0-767411862


Recommended Pinhole Photography by Eric Renner Focal Press ISBN#0-240-803507

Materials list
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Photographers' Formulary New Cyanotype Kit - 100ml/Makes 50 8x10" Prints
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Inkpress Media Transparency Film for Inkjet Printers (8.5 x 11", 20 Sheets)
B&H # INTL20 Mfr # ITF851120

General
Homework assignments must be ready for grading on time. Every class an assignment is late will count as a full grade markdown. If you are absent, I must see your assignment the following class.

In Class: No phones, no beepers, no e-mailing, no surfing the net, No IMing, no chewing tobacco or dipping.

Semester Long Projects
ART 308 and graduate students should see me individually to work out a semester long project. You will be expected to participate in all other class assignments. The critiques will be aimed at your individual project. Since this is the advanced section of the course I expect you to have some idea as to where your vision is leading you. You should determine what you are interested in concentrating on for the semester and Propose that to me in a clear and uderstandable manner. I expect you to set specific goals and achieve them. I expect to see progress on the project at each class session.
  Grading Criteria
Weekly Assignments 20%
Midterm project 20%
Final Portfolio 40%
Paper(s) 10%
Class Participation 10%
Description of Grades
A is Excellent work
B is Good work
C is Average
D is Poor
F well you know
Attendance Policy
Attendance is mandatory.
Three absences constitute a failure for the entire course.
Be prompt for class. Anyone arriving more than ten minutes past the start of class will be counted as absent. Three lates equal one absence.
It is your resonsibility to inform me, DURING THE BREAK, that you arrived late.
Week lecture Topic lab Assignment readings
1

Intro session

Class requirements set forth. Orientation to the facilities.

Cliche

Camera and Gray card discussion, exposure triangle

Show John Cleese on Creativity start at 12:45

Text version

First Assignment is to request calibration print from Ilford Digital printing service

First time ART 308 students should look at This I believe. Browse this site and write your own essay. Follow their guidelines and then consider how to intergrate this belief into your semester long work. Your essay is due to me next class. Your semester long proposals are due the 4th session.

Second time ART 308 and graduate students should see me individually to work out a semester long project.

You will be expected to participate in all other class assignments. The critiques will be aimed at your individual project. Since this is the advanced section of the course I expect you to have some idea as to where your vision is leading you. You should determine what you are interested in concentrating on for the semester and Propose that to me in a clear and uderstandable manner. I expect you to set specific goals and achieve them. I expect to see progress on the project at each class session.

Using a gray card

12 most common exposure problems

35mm on a starving artist budget

Excellent vintage 35 mm cameras available for cheap

some guys top ten vintage manual SLRs

2 Extending the image eg toners etc..
Mixed media

 

GIve Oral presentation assignment

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Typologies assignment:
Themes/Topics: Typology, Framing, Focal Length, Quality of Light
Lecture: The Dusseldorf School Movement
Visuals: Typology
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Candida Hofer
Thomas Ruff
Thomas Struth
Andreas Gursky
Books of 100

Assignment:
Seek out and photograph subjects for typological study (two weeks).
Skills to consider:  Consistency in composition, quality of light, angle of view, focal length.

excellent overview of the film workflow

http://www.d-log.info/timeline/index.html

off-camera-lighting-gear-recommendations

Depth of field

Art in the age of Mechanical reproduction

3 Uelsmann Postvisualization

Cyanotype demo

Photograms - all 308 students must integrate projected imagery into the negative space of their photograms.

Semester Long project proposals due to me!
these must be very specific including the number of images you plan to produce and the approach yoiu will be taking. There must be an overlying conceptual cohesivenesss to the project

 

You must choose one of the readings from Click Photography changes everything and make work in repsonse to the ideas discussed in the reading. This is due NEXT WEEK This is not photogrpahy
4 look at typologies

Making digital negatives demo

Semester Long project proposals due to me!
these must be very specific including the number of images you plan to produce and the approach yoiu will be taking. There must be an overlying conceptual cohesivenesss to the project

 

Pinhole cameras - 308 students must build a film based pinhole camera. Consider how to advance the film and build a clever shutter.
   
5

Discuss CLick

Printing session

Toning demo    
6

Critique
Extending the image.
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Multiple imagery

  Light as Subject
or
 
7     Conceptual project  
8

open lab printing session

     
9 Individual meetings to discuss progress on final projects      
10 Critique of light as subject & conceptual assignments      
11 Print session      
12 Printing session      
13 Oral Presentations      
14 Demonstration on Spot toning and presentation of works on paper      
15 FINAL CRITIQUE AND LAB CLEANUP! DUE:
Final open project
Final Protfolio of 20 best images
   
 

Course Links:
Processing film Massive developing chart
Ilford's Processing your first roll of black and White film
Kodak's Black and White Tips for Darkroom enthusiasts

Photograph Magazine exhibitons listings
26 Seminal Readings on Photogrpahy

digital Rev

     
 

Artists:

Holly Roberts 

Useful links:
excellent black and white resources from Freestyle Photo

Understanding Toners

Filters for black and white photography

transformational imagemaking resource for extending the image assignment

pinhole exposure calculator dial 

Beautiful black and white images of china in the 50-60s. 

ilford products

ilford lab for processing, printing and making digital silver prints from your photoshop files

Good 6min video about lenses 
Better introduction-to-lenses 

Make your own Rodinal developer

Pinhole links:

Bob Hirsch's Origins and how to build a pinhole camera

Tech info about pinhole photo

contemporaary pinhol camnera artists

Clock work pinhole camera

how to make a 6 month duration pinhole camera

Make these pinhole exposure calculator dial

Meniscus lens 

 
   

ACLU photogs rights   

photographer's legal handbook

46 free ebooks about photo

Some interesting tips in here 

Lytro camera

Courbet nude performance 

Freesound.org

Mona Lisa 3d 

25 best selling photo criticism and essay books. 

A Photograph That is About, Not Of, Someone

Photoshop Video Podcasts:
Creative Photoshop with John Reuter
Russel Brown 
Russel Brown
Adobe creative suite
photoshop TV
Peachpit author tips 
Lynda.com see above

Interesting links
Time-lapse-creating-the-impressive-284-layer-composite-airship-of-doom/
Iconic images with the details removed
Scan Service 
Epson Black and White printing tutorials
lightstalking photoshop tutorials
photoshop power shortcuts
why-you-should-use-levels-in-post-production
ASMP color info and other best practices

Photoshop external links: 
DIY Photo
http://www.russellbrown.com/cool_links.html
How to spot a fake 
Photoshop disasters

Adobe Lightroom Links: 
Adobe's Lightroom Video Tutorials - Starter tips from the Mothership 
Adobe TV - Yowza! Seemingly a bazillion videos about all Adobe products. 
Julieanne Kost on Lightroom - The best Adobe teacher out there
Lightroom Killer Tips - A great website/podcast about Lightroom
Lightroom Tips - A clearing house of good tips and tutorial videos

 

Don't Cheat - don't steal - don't lie

Photo Expo or Aipad

All of the work you submit for grading must be your own. You may not download images, annimations, or any other material/graphics/text off of the web. As well, you may not scan material from books or magazines to use in your assignments. Any assignment containing any such material will automatically receive a failing grade. I may request evidence of your creative process - therefore, save and have available any source material that you produced - photographs, sketches, items that you scanned, etc, as well as any intermediate digital files. By doing so, you protect yourself from undue scrutiny.

Papers: do not plagarize your work. The bulk of your papers must be your own words/thoughts. You may quote source material, but this may not comprise more than 20% of your paper. You must provide footnotes and a bibliography if you reference any outside sources. If I catch you plagarizing, you will automatically fail the entire course.

This is college. It is for adults who want to learn. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is fun. Oftentimes, it is both. Most jobs return what you put into them and if you give this course maximum effort, you will learn and earn a high grade.

Classes begin on time, so be in the classroom at the scheduled hour. Additionally, each class will contain information pertinent to the assignments, and each week builds upon information learned the previous weeks, so, make the commitment
to be here for the classroom sessions or do not take the class.

You have a job as a student. That job is to come to class, be attentive, ask questions, keep your mind open to new ideas and fulfill assigned projects on time. Doing your job will assist you in being perceived as a serious student.

In an educational forum, it is always best to inform the professor in advance about problems with correct completion of an assigned project. When understood and anticipated, contingencies can often be handled easily.

All of the assignments must be completed by the date listed on your syllabus, as late work is not accepted in this course.
Lastly, learning is synthesis of ideas. Try to use the ideas presented in this class to your best advantage by putting them together with what you already know to produce high quality work. If you have problems, see me.

You are the one who will determine whether or not this course is a success for you. Take your work here seriously and you will learn things, have fun and enhance your GPA.