Urban Atlas: Evidence of Change January Intensive | Aaron Rosenstreich
5 sessions / Monday-Friday January 12-16
Location: 16A, Darkroom, and 20A
This project responds to themes of history, documentation and the urban experience. Radical changes are underway in the Bay Area, politically, metaphorically and physically. In this class we will document, index, and exhibit what we find happening all around us. All camera types are encouraged, whether it is film or digital, color or black and white, smartphone or view camera. You will learn about documentation styles and traditions, plus significant artists that use this approach in their practice. Technical skills will be taught regarding camera operation, printing, and presentation.
Students should be well acquainted with their camera(s) of choice (whatever form they take) and will be expected to take and print a lot of photographs. Some classroom experiences will take place on the streets of San Francisco as a group; some will be on campus in an imaging lab making prints and some in a classroom critiquing work.
· Follow a straight line drawn on a paper map, photographing its entirety without deviation
· Find 3 strangers, ask them their story, and take their portrait
· Experiment with displaying your work in a grid, a line, in a stack, as a book….
· Merge text with image
· Edit your images effectively to tell a story
Aaron Rosenstreich is a photographer that uses various historic and contemporary photographic technologies as descriptive tools to explore themes of age, place, and time. The intersection between these themes is the foundation his images are built upon. He received his BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase: School of Art and Design in 2003 and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. Rosenstreich lives and works in San Francisco. In addition, Rosenstreich is the proprietor of Aggregate Space Lab, a hybrid analog/digital darkroom and a public space for photographic workshops, exhibitions and lectures. The darkroom has the dual ability to utilize current digital workflows including scanning and printing, plus gelatin silver printing and alternative process photography. http://aaronrosenstreich.com/