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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.
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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.
Sept. 21 Surrealism in Photography: Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, Andre Kertész, and Others.
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
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)