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Continuing Education

The Portrait, Visual Sincerity and the Construction of Truth

Dates:
October 1 - December 3, 2013  Check for other dates
Meets:
Tues 7:00-9:00 pm EST
Hours:
20.00
Instructor:
Ben Gest
Fee:
$530  Fee Breakdown

Please note: this course has Prerequisites


 

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Course Description

Does a photographic portrait capture the essence of the subject? Is a portrait the result of an established trust and empathy between photographer and subject? Or, in contrast, is a photograph a carefully constructed reference to experience that evokes a sense of sincerity in the creation of truth?
The photographer uses a subtle language of likeness and believability to create meaning in a photograph that better describes the intangibles of existence vs. serving as a record of a moment. In this course, we will explore what sincerity looks like pictorially and why we've come to believe photography's relationship to truth. Through readings and weekly critiques of student work, we will challenge the indexical nature of the medium and create portraits that explore personal questions of existence and human struggle.

Prerequisite: Photo II
  


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