Grammar 3


Grammar 3 revisits and expands upon the major ideas of the prior two Grammar classes: deepening our understanding of aesthetics, space, structure and style. Beginning with Stephen Shore’s article, Form and Pressure, we investigate the intersection of two and three dimensional space in a photograph. Within the frame, internal relationships can be mapped, giving insight into the unexpected beauty and elegance that photographs potentially offer. Through class readings we consider the significance of detail, the impact of form, and stylistic approaches of the viewer.

Students can expect to receive specific shooting assignments designed to clarify interests, expand range, and offer insight into the problems addressed, within a context of historical and contemporary approaches. The class culminates in a portfolio review in which we consider sequence, format, and the selection of images with the goal of forming a clear and eloquent whole.

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Class 1: Pictures of Space

 
Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore

  • Photographs Describe Things, Photographs Also Depict Space

  • Stephen Shore: Directed vs. Non-hierarchical Representations

  • The Development of Perspective

  • Markus Brunetti and Idealized Space


Class 2: Tonality Shapes Space

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander

  • Discerning Tonality

  • Value Creates Structure

  • Representing Separate and Distinct Planes of Space


Class 3: Structure Within the Frame

Alex Webb

Alex Webb

  • Diagramming Spatial Relationships within the Frame

  • Visualizing Structural Elegance


Class 4: Punctum and Studium

William Klein

William Klein

  • Roland Barthes: Camera Lucida

  • The Significance of Details

  • Styles of the Viewer: Personal vs. Cultural Meanings

  • Photography and the Past Tense


Class 5: Likeness vs Air, Thoughts on Portraiture

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

  • Photography and Representation: Likeness vs. Air

  • Portraiture Compared: Painting and Photography

  • Examples of Punctum

  • The Role of Reading


Class 6: The Singular and the Universal

 
Paul Strand

Paul Strand

  • Robert Adams on Paul Strand: Combining the Singular with the Universal

  • Adams on What is Valuable in Photography


Class 7: Diagrams, Part 2

 
Robert Adams

Robert Adams

  • Analyzing Structure, Part 2


Class 8: Why People Photograph

 
Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt

  • Refining Your Artist’s Statement

  • Identifying Core Values


Judith Joy Ross

Judith Joy Ross

Class 9: The Values of Photographers

 
  • Values, Specific Examples: Judith Joy Ross, Eugene Atget, and Michael Schmidt


Lois Conner

Lois Conner

Class 10: Review of Projects

 
  • Final Review of Work Shot During the Term