The Art of the Self Portrait
The history of self-portraiture by photographers is rich and extends well beyond the ubiquitous phone selfie. Through a series of lectures students learn how artists like Francesca Woodman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, have used the self-portrait in their work. The instructors will continue the discussion using examples and stories from personal experiences of using self-portraiture as a part of their artmaking practice. Together we will explore the practical ways self-portraiture can help our own photographic skills and process. Students will be challenged through a series of homework assignments to explore the many genres of self-portraiture including comedy, disguise, vulnerability, and abstraction. Assignments will be reviewed by the class to help students develop better understanding of how these facets can strengthen them as photographers. All formats and skills welcome, self-portraits will be made outside of class time and student work will be presented as either digital files or prints.
Prerequisite: None, but students will need their own cameras.