TMI PHOTOGRAPHY I Project 4: In The Style Of, Part I
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. -- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) One age-old method of learning about an art medium is to imitate an established artist. In order to understand your craft with depth and thoughtfulness, you must understand what artists have done before you.
For this project, you will research and present on the style/manner of a photographic artist that has been influential in the history of photography. After you complete Part I, you will make photographs in the style of your artist for a separate project grade.
Below is a list of artists. You will each choose an artist that you'd like to research and (later) photograph in their style. Choose a few in case another student chooses your first choice artist. Artists will be assigned on a first come/ first serve basis.
Artists: Edward Burtynsky Gordon Parks Cindy Sherman Hiroshi Sugimoto Richard Avedon Edward Weston Robert Frank Dorothea Lange William Eggleston Gregory Crewdson Jerry Uelsman August Sander Joel Sternfeld Alec Soth Stephen Shore Lori Nix Annie Leibowitz
Part 1 of this project will consist of 2 components:
RESEARCH -- Biography with bibliography and source images Write a 3 page biography with at least 10 source artist images including dates and titles – MLA format, double spaced, 12 point font with a cover page, bibliography, and image list. (Note: your images are not included in your paper length requirement). Write an accompanying bibliography with at least two sources (not including Wikipedia). Try searching JSTOR through the TMI Library Resources for scholarly articles written about your artist. I also have monographs by your artist, which you can look at during class to see and read about their work.
Your paper should cover:
Biographical information about your artist (who they are, where they are from, how they got into photography, have they received an awards or recognition for their art, etc)
Information about their artwork (what kind of photographs they make, how do they make their photographs, what kind of camera do they use, what sort of themes does their work cover, is the artist known for a certain body of work, etc. If the artist is known for producing several famous bodies of work, be sure to touch on all of them.)
Any other information you feel is pertinent to understanding the style and manner of the artist's work (was your artist inspired by the work of other artists, did they experience a life changing event that influenced their photography, etc.)
As part of your research, look at as many images made by your artist as you can. Familiarize yourself with their work, their major themes, their material and process. Look for interviews online (check Art21), look for museums that have their collections, look for source references in the library, online, etc.
PRESENTATION -- 10-15 minute presentation on your artist, their biography, and their work
You will create a digital presentation using Google Slides about your artist. Your presentation must be 10-15 minutes long (no more, no less) and should include high res image files, at least 1500 pixels on the longest edge. We will go over in class how to search for high res images on Google.
Your presentation should include information from your paper, but DO NOT read from your paper as a script. You may use notecards if needed, but ideally you should have your presentation memorized.
On Monday, January 8th, you will each sign up for presentation dates during class. On the date you choose, you must turn in both your typed biography and presentation.
DUE DATES: Tuesday/Wednesday, December 11/12 — Choose your artist
Thursday, December 13 — Presentation Date Sign-up
Friday, December 14— Artist Source Images (10 JPEGS) -- folder in Google Drive Due by end of class in your Google Drive folder under Project 4, Part 1 folder. Label as lastname_firstname_artistname_01, etc. Make sure your source images are at least 1500 pixels on the longest edge.
Tuesday, January 8 — Artist Biography Rough Draft (one page rough draft with bibliography) Due by end of class in your Google Drive folder under Project 4, Part 1 folder. Create as a Google Doc and label as lastname_firstname_rough_draft.
January 14-16 — PROJECTS DUE (Paper and Presentation) on your sign-up date
You must turn in a typed and printed version of your biography with bibliography and image list. You will also turn in a digital version of this, saved as a PDF, under your Project 4, Part 1 folder in Google Drive labeled as lastname_firstname_biography_final.
Your presentation must be uploaded to your Project 4, Part 1 folder in Google Drive labeled as lastname_firstname_presentation BEFORE you come to class on your presentation day. It is essential that you have this file uploaded so that everyone may give their presentation in a timely fashion.