12 Sessions » Thursdays, September 11–December 4
(no session November 27)
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio DMS2 and 16C | $480
With technologies such as the iPhone, high-end point-and-shoots, and breathtakingly powerful DSLRs, to distribution channels such as Flickr, Facebook, and Tumblr, it has never been easier to make and distribute a photograph. Yet, it has never been harder to find one’s place among all these new images. The aim of this course is to help students hone their individual photographic eye, and develop their ideas by practicing photography every day. Class time will be split between discussions of contemporary photographers who use photo as a daily practice (fine art photographers such as Jason Evans, photojournalists such as Benjamin Lowy, and social documentarians such as Paul Graham), discussions of student work, and lessons pertaining to output: sequencing photographs, how to make a basic book of photographs, getting photographs online, and more. In addition, the course serves as an introduction to modern digital photography, from the basics of operating a DSLR or compact point-and-shoot to exploring apps and other options for mobile photography. Assignments will include brief selected readings, easily achievable daily shooting goals (photographing your neighborhood, your apartment, etc.), and the production of dummy books.
Nando Alvarez-Perez was born in Buffalo, New York. He studied the history of cinema at Hunter College, and received his BA in film studies from the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. He holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Photography. His work has been shown in Buffalo, San Francisco, and in a number of online publications.