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Photography: A Hands-on History

4-Session Daytime Course

Friday, September 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00ZW

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By Patricia Howard

Delve into the fascinating history of photography as an art form in this unique course in which students create their own images using the techniques and processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard presents an overview of photography’s development, tracing it from the earliest experiments though its growth to its emergence as tool for artists of all kinds.

Lectures explore the work of influential creators over the span more than two centuries, each with corresponding hands-on projects that offer insights into the historical context and current applications of these processes.

The class is appropriate for photographers of all experience levels, as well as non-photographers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the form’s technical and artistic evolution.

Sept. 7   The Beginnings of Still Photography

Projects: A portable camera obscura; pinhole camera

Sept. 14  Pictorialism and Realism: Clarence White, Gertrude Casebier, Ansel Adams, Imogene Cunningham, and Edward Weston.

Project: Cyanotypes

Sept. 21  Surrealism in Photography: Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, Andre Kertész, and Others.

Project: Ray-o-grams

Sept. 28  The Portrait in Photography; Color Photography

Projects: Retouching a portrait in Lightroom; hand-coloring photographs

4 sessions; 3 hours each

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit

Location
S. Dillon Ripley Center
Photolab 3036
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)