"My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness. As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know." —bell hooks
As I teach and my studio practice grows, my teaching philosophy evolves with it. Here is a current <PDF> that elucidates that vision.
My syllabi are always changing...here are a few of the courses I've taught in the past:
Principals of Photography (analogue)
Modern Art History
Principals of Photography (digital)
Photographic Printing & Editing
Many of my lectures are infused with rich discussions...I began documenting these discussions on a <class blog>. This online forum is in flux and will soon be administered by upper division students.
Photography History II < Final Paper from 2nd year student >
For this paper, students were encouraged to do a comparative analysis of two photographers; a forerunner in the medium and a contemporary photographer still working today. After analyzing images in class and fostering discussions on how social activity informs cultural production, the prompt was to discuss the formal and conceptual elements of each photographer's works.
Film History <Midterm Paper from 1st year student>
For this paper, students were asked to do a comparative analysis of two films from different time periods in a comparison/contrast format. The prompt was to discuss the formal and conceptual elements of each film to draw connections or differences.
Photographic Criticism | <Final Paper from 2nd year student>
I ask students to journal their responses to suggested readings and discussions/critiques from class. For their final journal response, I prompted them to analyze a classmate's work and discuss the images in either an exploratory or argumentative style after Terry Barrett's "Criticizing Photographs."
Special Topics | Student Curated Exhibition | <HOME 2017>
I taught a bachelor's level special topics course on exhibition design and was the faculty sponsor for a student curated exhibition entitled "Home." Students who enrolled in my photography criticism class from the previous semester wrote a curatorial statement, curated students by invitation, printed and hung the work in the school gallery. Additionally, we designed and printed our own promotional materials to feature the event on campus.
Principals of Photography (Analogue)
Click on the gallery below to see images from my 100 level foundation course in Analogue Photography/Darkroom.
Click on the gallery below to see images from my 100 level foundation courses like Principals of Photography and Photographic Design. Click to view the work and hover over the image to preview the assignment prompt.
Photographic Editing & Printing
Click on the gallery below to see images from my 200 level foundation course in Photographic Editing & Printing.
Open Photographic Studies
Click on the gallery below to see images from my 300 level courses. Upper division courses are often open and have fewer students which affords the student a chance to explore their own personal vision and develop a studio practice. Click to view the work and hover over the image to preview a description of the work.