THE NATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

This course is about the various ways a camera transforms the ordinary world into art. By making a series of emphatic decisions about flatness, frame, time, focus, vantage point, detail, and the literal object depicted, we can achieve our depictive and expressive goals.

The early modules of this course are devoted to the universals of composition and the difference between seeing and perceiving. Later modules are about color theory and the science of color.

The final modules are about the mental level of photography. This is how we perceive depth in a photograph even though we intellectually know— and can feel —that it is a two-dimensional plane. It's about how the viewer constructs a mental map for where things are in space and how the artist can play with that sensation.