Instructor: Maciej Makalowski
10 Sessions / Mondays, June 3–August 5
Time: 6–9 pm
Location: Studio 16A
This course provides a basic understanding of the technical and conceptual aspects of figurative photography. Through both studio practice and lecture, the students will explore different methods and approaches to photographing the human figure. Main concepts covered will be: historical background, lightning, portraiture (head shots), composition, basic Photoshop skills, building a narrative, and how to critique and talk about photography. In addition, the class will introduce a variety of historical and contemporary photographers as well as issues and theories within figurative photography. This class is meant for students of all skill levels, but will be basic enough for beginners of photography. It should be noted that this photography course is an art course, and will stress a creative over technical approach: it does not address itself to vocational skills and results.
Maciej Makalowski is an interdisciplinary artist born in Poznań, Poland and raised in Montréal, Washington DC, and rural Pennsylvania. His paintings, photographs, collages, and films explore political histories, nostalgia, and occult spirituality. He received an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and a BFA in Painting and BA in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Long Beach, Berkeley, Chicago, Tulsa, Russia, Pennsylvania, and Italy. He is also a founding member of the Basement artist collective in the Mission district of San Francisco. In his spare time, Makalowski focuses on playing music and social activism. He currently resides and works in San Francisco, CA.