The American Eye
Last Updated: 11/14/2007
Faculty: Bob Haft photography
Major areas of study include American literature, history of American photography and photography.
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
This program involves both hands-on photography and a study of the American history that helped shape the way photographic images of the U.S. have looked from the 1850s to the present. We will begin with a short look at the birth of photography in Europe and then how it was used as a tool of documentation for major points in American history, such as the Civil War, the opening of the American West, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, and the 1950s.
In addition to looking at and learning to read photographs by others, we will learn to make photographs (black and white) ourselves as recording devices for our own lives and times. Subsequently, students will learn to become proficient in the use of 35mm cameras, how to correctly expose, develop and print film, and how to discuss images intelligently.
Our main text for the quarter will be American Photography by Miles Orvell. We will also read a number of novels including The Red Badge of Courage, The Jungle, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: Approximately $250 to $300 for photographic supplies.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in the arts and the humanities.