Narrative Photography and the Improvised Studio

Summer 2020 First Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 13
8 Credits per quarter
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This summer class will offer students the chance to develop their skills in Evergreen's photography studio. This includes the use of the studio's large space, backdrops, forms of light diffusion, and most critically, the studio's strobe lighting and continuous LED lighting. Students will learn by producing a number of studio-based images, such as portraits (figurative lighting more generally), still lifes, narrative tableaux, and more. Students will learn to use DSLRs and medium-format film cameras in order to make the most of the level of technical and creative control in a studio environment. 

This updated program will now ask students to focus on the narrative potential of photography in the context of improvised home studios and living/work spaces. Students will be asked to look closely at narrative storytelling through images, as practiced in classical painting as well as photography's almost two hundred year history. Special attention will be paid to contemporary photography practices and broad themes that have emerged over the last few months. Students will learn how to make photography studio spaces in their domestic quarters, using simple and affordable materials.

Our work will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn full credit.


Summer 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (8): 40103

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

Photography, Visual Arts, Media Production

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Special Expenses

Students will be expected to purchase their own film and paper. 


Time Offered
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First Meeting