4.341 | Fall 2002 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Photography


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 session / week, 3 hours / session


The following video about the Visual Arts Program is offered as an introduction.

“Experimental Ambulation” (SWF - 44MB)

Class Components


Each student works on a self-initiated project or group project during this time in the darkroom or computer lab; field work is possible and must be presented in the following individual or class review; production is generally two weeks before midterm and final reviews.


Each student is required to give a 10-15 minute presentation on one artist/photographer listed.

Individual Review

Prearranged meeting to discuss student projects in further detail with Instructor; 15-minutes once a week.

Class Review

Projects are continuously presented in a critical forum.

Final Class Review

Project must be completed and installed, exhibition situation.

Talk Topics & Potential Artists

Candida Höfer, Duane Michals, Andy Warhol, Alfredo Jarr, James Nachtwey, Cindy Sherman, John Gossage, Joel Sternfeld, Lewis Hine, Robert Frank, Richard Misrach, Michiko Kon, Simon Attie, August Sander, Dorothea Lange.


Week # Topics Events
1 Course Philosophy, Introduction to the facilities etc. Term Assignment: “The same again differently” Darkroom Orientation
2 Anne Cahill, Nikon Inc., Technical Representative (Come prepared with questions regarding equipment use) Darkroom Orientation  
3 Class Review Yvonne Rainer, “Out of a Corner of the Sixties”

Introduction to Digital Imaging (Dan van Roekel) Workshop in 3 groups, Individual Reviews per sign-up schedule
4 Production Workshop I (Aaron Wittkamper and Aaron Malnarick)
5 Individual Reviews Paul Messier, Guest Lecturer on Color Photography and Processes
6 Class Review (Last class review before midterm! Please pin-up prior to class) Production and Lighting Workshop with Dan van Roekel
7 Production Midterm Review
8 Class Review Photography in the Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
9 Class Review Introduction to local art venues: Bill Arning, Curator, MIT List Center
10   Workshop II
11 Class Review Production

12 Individual Reviews Critique (Last class review! Address all important issues!)


13 Production  
14 Final Review  

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2002
Learning Resource Types
group_work Projects with Examples