Course Description

ONLINE: Are you seeking the perfect lens? The perfect sensor size? The perfect landscape? Why do we chase perfection? And why are so many young people going back to shooting with film and in love with instant cameras? This course will challenge you to break through the inescapable photographic convention of perfection and symmetry to effect a more personal and authentic aesthetic in your photography. Through presentations, class discussion and assignments, we will explore: 1) the social and technological conditioning that views perfection as an ideal artistic goal; 2) imperfection and "impermanence," from the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi to the work of renowned photographers such as Robert Adams, Sally Mann, Garry Winogrand, Sarah Moon and Kenro Izu; 3) the emotive power of imperfection and how it can yield individuality and "value"; 4) strategies and techniques for freeing yourself from the expectations of perfection to create work that reflects your true emotions and experiences. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 25.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Embracing Imperfection
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Apr 30, 2024 to Jun 04, 2024
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Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Homework assignments are voluntary, but students are encouraged to do them and to share their work with their fellow students for the purpose of discussion. Images will not be critiqued. Instead, they will be viewed as an effort to either learn or to reinforce what is learned in class.

Recommended reading:
Leonard Koren, "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, & Philosophers" (9780981484600)
Ingo Taubhorn, "Sarah Moon: Now and Then" (9783868286564)
Sarah Moon and Robert Delpire, "Sarah Moon" (9780500411063)
Robert Adams, "Beauty In Photography" (9780893813680)

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