Introduction to Photography
An introduction to both the techniques and the aesthetics of black-and-white photography as a means of self-expression
An exploration of the visual grammar of photography and how it clarifies a photograph's meaning and the photographer's intent.
This course deals with the exploration of found light and artificially detonated light (strobe).
The View Camera
The operation of the view camera and advanced darkroom techniques are demonstrated in this course.
An introduction to the problem of rethinking photographic picture-making through the medium of color photography. This is an introductory course in the use of Adobe Photoshop for image processing. Emphasis will be placed on exploring digital photography from a technical and a theoretical perspective. In addition, students rethink photographic picture-making through the medium of color photography.
To prepare the student for ongoing independent work, this course emphasizes the exploration of visual problems.
Working with a faculty advisor, all senior photography majors complete a yearlong tutorial culminating in an exhibition.
Senior Seminar is a component of the senior project and is an integral part of the credits earned for Senior Project. The seminar helps students prepare and finalize their capstone exhibition. Guest artists visit regularly to share their life and work as students prepare for life after Bard.
History of Photography
This course surveys the history of photography from its earliest manifestations to the 1970s and considers photography's applications, as art, science, historical record, and document, among others.
Qualities of Life: Photography and the Human Condition
The multifarious tradition of photography as social documentation is examined from the early nineteenth century to the present.
The Portrait and Its Guises in the Modern Period
In addition to considering the ontology of the portrait, this lecture traces historical developments in portraiture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The interplay between photography and painting forms the core of the material.
Photography and Performance
The course investigates the objectives, methods, and outcomes of photography in various performative modes at several moments in the history of photography, including Victorian tableaux photography, fin-de-siecle pictorialism, the surrealism of the 1930s, and postmodern stagings and constructions.
From Human Documents to the Image World: Photography, 1950-1990
In the decades after World War II photography's social and artistic roles changed in many ways. This turbulent period in the history of photography is the focus of this intensive seminar.
Photography 312 A
Travel and Exploration in Nineteenth-Century Photography
A survey of the far-ranging work of the peripatetic photographers of the nineteenth century
Literature and Photography
This seminar follows the parallel paths of photography and literature as their forms and objectives shift during the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Photography and the Modernist Creed
This seminar considers photography in its "high modernist" era (1900-1940) as a medium shaped by the key texts and events of modernism, such as the writings of Marx, Freud, and Bergson and World War I.
An examination of the history and practice of the photographic exhibition
Contemporary Photography and Critical Theory
This seminar investigates and evaluates contemporary photographic practices such as the use of appropriated and media images, alteration or manipulation of photographic prints, and the use of photography as one part of a larger installation or in a conceptual or performance context.
Photography students are expected to take and pass one studio course in photography each semester; Art History 113, History of Photography; at least one upper-level photography history course; and one additional art history and visual culture course. Moderation occurs at the end of the fourth semester: by that time photography majors should have earned at least 60 credits and taken Photography 113 and at least two semesters of photography studio classes.
The student meets with a Moderation board, presenting two short papers and a portfolio of 30 prints, 8” x 10” or larger. The portfolio demonstrates to the Moderation board whether the student can see and think photographically, can communicate his or her perceptions and feelings in pictures, and possesses the technical skills required for expression.