Photography and the Urban Landscape introduces students to the use of photography as a method of visual research and visual thinking, a practice of critical inquiry that is both analytical and generative, a way to develop new knowledge about urban landscapes, using the city of Austin as a case study.
Readings, discussions, and visits to the Harry Ransom Center will provide students with a theoretical foundation and the opportunity to view the work of notable photographers throughout the history of the medium.
Students will choose a site to investigate over the course of the semester, developing their own visual practice through weekly assignments and the creation of a coherent portfolio of images. Students may choose any urban site in the Austin area, including a studio site or subject of research for another class.
None. Prior experience in photography is welcome but not required. For undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture interested in incorporating photography as a visual method in their work. Students must have access to a digital camera (SLR, Mirrorless, iPhone or android equivalent).
Maximum Class size: 15