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Experiments in Picturing Place: Exploring Landscape, Ecology and Culture in the San Luis Valley Through Photography

May 26 – June 11th, 2020

Students taking photographs outside

Course Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Course Number: AR 379/579
Credit Hours: 6
Pre-requisites: none

Eric Stewart, Instructor

This photography course explores documentary photography through bi-weekly field trips, lectures and demonstrations. Students focus on creating non-fiction portraits of “place” by producing multimedia content and research that reflects their experience and experimentation in the San Luis Valley. Students will create opportunities to conduct both structured and independent research that may include: interviewing notable community members, highlighting cultural practices, agricultural practices, folklore, myth etc… During field work students practice ethnographic and documentary methodologies to create collaborative photo essays and immersive multimedia environments in ASU exhibition spaces. Students will curate the work they produce in a collaborative public exhibition, website and photo book. These deliverables will act not only as capstone projects but because of their public nature will serve as a future recruitment tool.

This course places equal emphasis on digital and traditional analog methods. Special attention is focused on creating hybrid digital/analog studio techniques. Analog processes covered in this course include: traditional gelatin silver, salt printing, gum printing and more. Concepts in digital photography include: mobile media, photo book editing and publishing photo essays for print and digital platforms. In addition to technical instructions students will also explore the history of photography alongside regional issues in the San Luis Valley.


Adams State students can register through the student portal.
Non-Adams State Students can register through the Office of Extended Studies.