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ART 239 — Building a Photographic Portfolio

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tues/Sat
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Date(s): Mar 29—May 24
Duration: 9 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Apr 11
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $520
Addtl. Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Format: On-campus course
Limit: Limit 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: 9 Tuesdays, March 29 – May 24, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; Saturday, April 9, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
In the art world, a great photographer is not measured by a single photograph in isolation, but by the way multiple images work together as a series. The purpose of this course is to explore the difference between a group of disparate images and a coherent body of work, and then apply this learning to your own photographs. Through class critiques and individual meetings, you will build a strong personal portfolio and help others to craft their own successful bodies of work. We will work to find and champion your individual strengths within photography and to improve your technical skill both behind the camera and throughout the printing, editing, and sequencing processes.

By the end of this course, you will produce a refined, cohesive portfolio of fifteen to twenty photographs, and build a personal canon of photographers and artists who inspire your own work.

This course is open to both darkroom and digital photographers, and all students will have access to Stanford’s darkroom. While levels of experience will vary, each student is expected to have an understanding of manual camera functions and know how to competently print photographs. A film camera is strongly recommended but not required.

This course includes a non-refundable lab fee of $50 to be paid at the time of registration.

This is the third course in the three-course series “Photography as Art.” This sequence explores various technical aspects of picture making, and students will finish with a portfolio of photographs centered on a coherent theme. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Adam Katseff, Fine Art Photographer

Adam Katseff’s work has been shown internationally, most recently at the Sasha Wolf Gallery and the Nevada Museum of Art. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, and he is the recent recipient of the inaugural INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award. Katseff received an MFA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks