Re: [rumori] Photography as Testimony (fwd)

From: Doug Harvey (
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 10:48:26 PDT

If anyone's curious about this, there's a great book that relates, called
'The Commissar Vanishes'

>From: Steev Hise <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [rumori] Photography as Testimony (fwd)
>Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 08:00:46 -0700 (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
>means to testify or to witness. You investigate methods of supplementing
>your photographs, with the goal of convincing others that a particular
>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
>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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