With Billie Mandle

Photography’s history is rich with diverse theories and practices of community engagement and documentation; in this class students will contribute their own approach. Throughout the semester students will work closely with older members of the Amherst community, photographing together, participating in critiques and exploring photography’s ability to communicate. As a class we will study the array of historical and contemporary artists who intertwine social involvement with artistic detachment and students will be required to write and photograph extensively in response to their experiences. In addition, students will curate their narratives and the class photographs into a final exhibition. Prior photography experience is not required; it is required that students be able to listen empathetically and work well independently. This course is limited to first year students.

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