Due Dates

Images Due Wednesday, Nov 13
Contact sheet Due Monday, Nov 4
In Progress Checkin Wednesday, Nov 6
In class exercise bring mobile devices Wednesday, Oct 30
Prints Due Wednesday, Nov 20

Readings/Audio Due Nov 6

Phantasm: Digital Imaging and the Death of Photography,"Metamorphoses, Photography in the Electronic Age, Geoffrey Batchen, Aperture, 1994.

“Observing by watching: Joachim Schmid and the art of exchange” , in Aperture, #210, Spring 2013, pp46-49.

Robert E Jackson interview, NPR, 2013


Create 8 or more images, four prints (you print at least one), a final digital contact sheet, and one printed contact sheet
In this assignment you will use the camera on an iPad, cell phone (or orther mobile device) to create a body of work using the snapshot aesthetic. The aesthetic will be informed by tradition but framed by the concept of big data and contemporary image consumption. At least one work must follow the Instagram Challenge (see below) and you must post it on Instagram with the challenge hashtag. The other works can continue that theme or one of your own that comments about contemporary image consumption.


To become aware of how image consumption has changed with the advent of mobile device cameras that have internet access.
To become aware of the massive amounts of images that are stored and accessed (Big Data).
To grasp the nature of image making with mobile devices, including apps for mobile editing.
To explore the genre of snapshot photographs as a fine art.
To continue the process of understanding good digital prints.
To get an artistic understanding of the genre of artistic snapshot photography.
To analyze and make artistic comments on the power of low end photography.


Use the camera on an iPad, cell phone, or orther mobile device to capture the rich aspects of every day life through snapshots. Do this by giving importance to what you photograph and how you frame, light, or otherwise manipulate the image.

As part of the assignment, you will do one Instagram challenge and post it, thus gaining an understanding of one new way that we consume pictures.

Instagram Challenge

See the links below and read about the "Picture Show" Instagram Challenge
There will be a new one posted soon (hopefully) that will be part of this assignment

Public Square picture show (portaits until Aug 19)
Public Workers

Until September 6
This is where...

Until Oct 21

see results at:
Results of the instagram challenge

Consider how many Americans more often than not have their cell phones or other mobile devices with them. Included on these devices is a camera and internet access. In the past, most Americans didn't ALWAYS carry a camera, but now they have "connected" cameras on them most of the time, which differs from just 5 years ago. Think about how this has changed image consumption and the documentation of every day life, from highly political events (recent riots and government responses) to socially networked commentary on the personally mundane. Think too about the simalarites and differences between plastic cameras of the past (the old snapshot tool) and mobile device cameras of today.

Finally, reflect on the snapshot aesthetic and make informed and artistic renditions of every day life (the mundane) with your mobile "connected" camera. Borrow from the snapshot aesthetic and consider ways to make your camera reveal the richness of "normal."

For this assignment

You will first take the Instagram challenge and post the result (done in class). From this warm-up you will either continue the theme of the challenge or make pictures that you feel explore this new state of mobile image consumption. To do this, you can investigate the mundane, big data, social networking and the associated images or any other thing that you feel defines mobile image consumption.

Use the snapshot aesthetic to inform all of your images

Side note on manipulation:
Consider that most people do not manipulate images that they capture with mobile devices. It is usually "snap and post." If you choose, you may manipulate your images, but I encourage you to do so with apps that you download as that is more closely aligned to popular image consumption. We can investigate some of the available apps in class.

Review the artists covered in class:

Gary Winogrand

Dianne Arbus

More Dianne Arbus

Bruce Davidson

Harry Callahan

More Harry Callahan

Tina Barney

More Tina Barney

More Tina Barney

Nicholas Nixon
Note: he uses a large format camera and these are not snapshopts, BUT, they look like snapshots. Note the Brown sisters series.

American Snapshots from the Robert E. Jackson Collection


You will create a contact sheet from the images that you shot for this assignment that I will review on the posted date. The sheet needs to be printed, be a viewable size and be in color (if images are in color).

Make this a cohesive body of work of eight or more images that go together in some way.

Print your four best images using the resources in room 202, one of which you must print by yourself.

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your last name on it in the Assignment 4 folder:
Classes->ARTC425->Assignment 4-> Your Name

Put your contact sheet in this folder.

Put all eight + images in this folder.
Images should be 5MB or smaller (turn-in version only) and saved as jpeg.

Bring prints to class on Wednesday, Nov 20.


You will be graded on your ability to complete all parts of the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

See the syllabus or the grade weights in Canas to see how this assignment is weighted.

Please note

Ask any questions in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the assignment.