ADN 490: Art + Design International Studio – Photography

Instructor: Štěpánka Stein
Credits: 6
GEP: Elective

Course Description

The class of Photography should help you to discover the unique architecture and specific life in Praha through the viewfinder of the photographic camera, as well as the secrets of the studio still life photography. You will be lead to find the „innovative and creative eye”. Ultimately, this will result to the development of your own way to visualize your approach to life.

Praha is among the most visited cities in Europe. As one of the few cities in the world (if not the only one), provide the cross section trough all historical architectural styles. Because of historical context and significance, Praha has several attributes – we know it as Praga Caput Regni (Prague the head of the Kingdom), The Hundred Spired Prague, among others.

As for the studio still life, there is the ability to monitor the development of photography not just in Bohemia but throughout the Europe, from the secession after the modernism. You will try to photograph e.g. glass objects as a part of product photography and as a representatives of something typically “Bohemian”.

Because the development of photography has always been closely connected to both the technical and creative spheres, in this course the theoretical and historical aspects of photography will be followed by practical exercises, in-class work. The class is structured through the parallel study of the technical functions of cameras used in various situations, “digital darkroom” – especially the Photoshop digital editing and manipulation techniques, the development of aesthetics; and last but not least, the curse will pinpoint questions of the design of photographic image. We will not skip the essential approach how to visualize our world – the B/W photography. “Icing on the cake” will be your self-made camera – the pinhole.

Each section will begin with a short lecture on the historical and aesthetic aspects of photography, technical information and demonstrations, along with class discussion and assignments.

The program is divided into five main areas. If you complete the course successfully you will have, by the end of the program, a small portfolio of your pictures consisting of those topics:

1. History – Technical bases and the work with a camera

– Camera Basics

2. Still life and product photography

– Basic Principles of Studio composing and lighting

3. Architecture – Composition Design and Syntax, Urban landscape, Work with color

– Prague Gothic vs. Baroque, Prague Art Nouveau vs. Cubist, Modernist and Post-modern styles

– Lines and curves in Prague architecture

4. Social Documentary – History and present, site-specific places & communities /

Portrait in Natural Environment – History and Technique

5. Experiment in B/W photography

Required Equipment:

DSLR camera

Recommended Equipment:
Laptop + Photoshop (Mac Desktops available at the Institute)
Analogue camera (SLR) – bring it if you have it