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60 407 Photography

Full course name in English: 
Photography
Studiepoeng: 
6
Emnekode: 
60 407
Studienivå: 
Syklus 2
Undervisningssemester: 
2019 Vår
Eksamenssemester: 
2019 Vår
Undervisningsspråk: 
Engelsk
År: 
2019
Maksimum antall studenter: 
16
Emneansvarlig
Mattias Fredrik Josefsson
Marianne Skjulhaug
Forkunnskapskrav

Admission to AHO and successful completion of three years bachelor level studies (180 ECTS). The course is for both master students in architecture and landscape architecture.

Om emnet

 

The objectives of the course move beyond learning how to take an excellent technical image. What do the different photographic approaches demonstrate and highlight? By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a camera, make professional prints, and have a broad understanding of photography as a medium. Most importantly, students should develop a critical approach to its use in architectural and landscape discourses.

Photography transposes the three-dimensional object onto a two-dimensional surface. How has the introduction of photography altered our understanding of the world, and foremost, the understanding of architecture? Students will be exposed to philosopher Vilém Flusser´s ideas and criticism of what he calls the apparatus (mechanical / industrial limitations). We will also discuss Roland Barthes idea of the viewer's interpretation (spectrum) of an image (punctum and studium). 

A perfectly manicured lawn with no signs of moss is divided from an overgrown forest ground by a white picket fence. This is how the Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk introduces the Scandinavian suburban garden in the photobook "Home" in 2003. Both the domesticated garden and the undomesticated outfields have the same birch trees and grass. The only difference is that on one side there is a man who cuts the grass.  

Our overall interest in this course is to look at the peri-urban landscapes around Oslo. What is in the realm where the city meets "nature". The students can look at this "in-between" space from a landscape (nature) or architecture (buildings) perspective. This area has for a long time interested many photographers and has a strong tradition in Scandinavia, such as in Tunbjörk's work. All of our tasks will be focusing on, and problematising this peri-urban area. An essential reference for this course is the book The New Topographics – Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape.

It is highly suggested that students have their own semi-professional camera. 

 

Læringsutbytte

1)    After completing the course students will be able read and discuss critical canonical texts about photography and contextualise them within the field of architecture and landscape architecture.

2)    After completing the course the students will have the ability to discuss and use different styles or approaches to photography. 

3)   After completing the course the students will be able to demonstrate reflection on canonical texts, approaches and style of photohgrapy through heir own body of work, and present it in a professional manner. 

Praktisk organisering og arbeidsmåter

The course will consist of lectures, technical tutorials, readings and individual or collective field studies. Students are expected to present and discuss their photographs among peers and to contribute to the course’s collective environment. The elective week requires full participation. Final submission will be  a number of images that will be printed. 

 

Pensum

The students will get a reading list on the first day of the course.

VurderingsformGrupperingKarakterskalaKommentar
VurderingsmappeIndividuellBestått / ikke bestått The assessment will be based on participation and presentation in the course, the individual photographs and the presentation in the final review.
Vurderinger:
Vurderingsform:Vurderingsmappe
Gruppering:Individuell
Karakterskala:Bestått / ikke bestått
Kommentar: The assessment will be based on participation and presentation in the course, the individual photographs and the presentation in the final review.
AktivitetKommentar
OppmøteThe weekly workshops and the elective week requires full participation.
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Aktivitet:Oppmøte
Kommentar:The weekly workshops and the elective week requires full participation.