[rumori] Photography as Testimony (fwd)

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 08:00:46 PDT

this seems like a good class, if anyone in the bay area is
interested. it's relevant, as the altering of photography
(to tell or conceal the truth) or its context is cultural
recycling, i'd say...


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UC Berkeley Extension / Summer 2001

Photography as Testimony
X101.1 (2 semester units in Architecture; credit approval pending; for
information call (510)642-4111)

Photography can be used as an existentialist practice. It can express such
things as I am, I was there, This is, and This was. Photography can be used
to document and to contribute to history. In this course you examine what it
means to testify or to witness. You investigate methods of supplementing
your photographs, with the goal of convincing others that a particular event
or phenomenon has happened. The event or phenomenon can range from the
inherently political to the mundane.

Using photography, you learn to record and explore. You enrich your
photographs with otherforms of research, while considering how and why your
voice comes across. Class projects guideyou through questions about the
purpose of your documents. Are they descriptive orprescriptive? Are you a
witness, an activist, or both?

Final projects can be a series of captioned photographs, a pamphlet, a
poster, a zine, or asmall book. The class looks at and discusses the work of
Lewis Hine, Nan Goldin, Dan Eldon,Susan Meiseles, Danny Lyon, Peter Beard,
Eugenze Smith, Michael Lesy, Rob Walters, and Amy Wilson. You also examine
zines and pamphlets distributed in San Francisco. Enrollment islimited and
early registration is advised.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Photography X2 or its equivalent.

ELIZABETH COHEN, M.F.A., received her degree in photography from the
California College of Arts and Crafts, where she taught undergraduate and
graduate courses. Her most recent work, CANAL, an exploration of gender and
sexual issues as a metaphor for the "colonial" relationship between Panama
and the United States, was recently exhibited at the San Francisco Art
Commission Gallery.

10 evenings
June 14 to Aug. 16: Thurs., 6:30-9:30 pm
San Francisco: 107 Richardson Hall, San Francisco Center, 55 Laguna St.
$475 with darkroom use, $350 without (EDP 035626)

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