Both students and future teachers of this course may find the following readings useful. We have organized the reading list to reflect the fact that this seminar incorporates a range of different disciplines.
The following text is based on concepts presented in this course:
Ramsay, Graham, and Holly Sweet. A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life: Self- Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 9781843108924.
Teaching Interactive Classes
Writing and Self Expression
Daniel, Lois. How to Write your Own Life Story. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1997. ISBN: 9781556523182.
This book gives practical tools and tips to help you recall and describe events, lessons, and relationships that have shaped your life - includes tricks to jog your memory, ways to gather facts, and how to conduct library research.
Rainer, Tristine. Your Life as Story. New York, NY: Jeremy Tarcher, 1998. ISBN: 9780874779226.
A thorough, well written, and historical look at how we write about our lives, including a very useful taxonomy of different types of autobiographies.
Visual Art and Self Expression
Alinder, J., ed. The Photographer's Image: Self-portrayal. Carmel, CA: The Friends of Photography, 1978. ISBN: 9780933286009.
Introspective and psychologically minded self-portraits by known photographers, including three essays on self-portraiture.
Hines, Babbette. Photobooth. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. ISBN: 9781568983813.
A compendium of photobooth images collected from the 1940s-1960s - opening essay by Lawrence Weschler.
Michals, Duane. Now Becoming Then. Altandena, CA: Twin Palms Publishers, 1990. ISBN: 9780944092125.
A collection of narrative photographs in series which reflect on the artist's life. Includes a chapter about Michals' life by Max Kozloff.
Weissman, N, and D. Heimerdinger. Self-Exposure: A Workbook in Photographic Self-Portraiture. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1979. ISBN: 9780060906917.
An excellent workbook designed to introduce beginning photographers to the methods of self-portraiture.