Due Dates

Images Due Wedesday Oct 2
Contact sheets Due Wednesday Sept 25
Prints Due Wednesday, Oct 9
Reading Due
* Light and Lens reading Due Wednesday, Sep 25
* "Two audio stories (Faking it and War photos)", Due Monday, Sep 30

Note, I will not collect the CD for this assignment, however I expect that your will create one for your own records as you did in the last assignment.


Create 5-8 images, four prints, and one contact sheet
In this assignment you will use an advanced camera and digital manipulation (if you want) to make a body of work that is a fabrication and plays with the idea of photographic truth.
You will not be required to make a print on your own until assisgnment 3, however, the steps to print on your own are below:


You are required to use one of the higher end cameras available for checkout (Canon-EOS-5D, Canon-EOS-5D MarkII or Canon-EOS-10D) or use a camera similar in caliber. I will cover checkout details in class, but they are posted below.

Checkout Details for advanced cameras

Refer to camera manuals for advanced functions:
Canon-EOS-5D Mark II-Manual

Reading/Audio 2
Light and Lens: Photography and the Digital Age , Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2008.
Adobe Acrobat .pdf format
pp 70-76, 85-87, 90-98

Listen to and view posted pictures:
"Faking it before Photoshop" , NPR, 2013.
"Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War" , NPR, 2013.

The following reading will help you with this assignment, but due to time issues, we will not discuss it until the next assignment.
The Reconfigured Eye, Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era,
William J. Mitchell, MIT Press, 1992.
Chapter 3 - Intention and Artifice
pages 1-10 (read up to "Coherence") on the PDF document (Note, this does not coorespond to the pages printed on the page, but to the page number in your PDF reader)


To learn the technical idiosyncrasies of advanced photography.
To grasp the nature of image making with high end digital cameras.
To continue the process of understanding good digital prints.
To analyze and make artistic comments on photographic truth.
To learn the power of influence that photographic images have on viewers.
To learn to manipulate the image; by framing, lighting, image capture manipulation or by digital alteration in order to construct something believable, even if not true.


Use a high end digital camera and Photoshop to fabricate an environment, situation, or object. Think about the truth (or the lack thereof) that the camera portrays and make a seamless image that forces us to confront the truth of images. You can construct the pictures when you take the photograph, you can manipulate them in Photoshop, or you can use a combination of both. The content can be very broad, so long as you are fabricating and playing with the notion of truth and the images work together as a body of images.

With the digital revolution we can take quick photographs and get fast feedback, thus image making is less rigid and objective and now more flexible and subjective. How we make the image is now less important than what the image is about.

Review the artists covered in class:
Barry Frydlender
Catherine Chalmers
Matt Siber
Sebastian Lemm
Tim Davis
Ellen Jantzen
Oliver Wasow
Nancy Burson, especially her early composites
Keith Cottingham
Viktor Koen

These artists influence us by the what they put in the frame and how they work with the camera. They construct a history, story or influence our beliefs (some political) about things.

Walker Evans
Walker Evans, FSA photos
Dorthea Lange
Arthur Rothstein
Robert Capa
Margaret Bourke White
Paolo Ventura
Commentary on Ventura's War Souvenir series
Dornith Doherty
Pedro Meyer
More Pedro Meyer

Create a contact sheet (full sheet) using Bridge as covered in class. Printout due Sep 25th.
For yourself, Create a backup CD with a file structure and reference contact sheets as you did in your first assignment. I will not collect this, it is for your own reference.


You will create a contact sheet from the images that you shot for this assignment. Bring a color printout to class on Sep 25th.

You are required to use one of the higher end cameras (Canon-EOS-5D, Canon-EOS-5D Mark II or Canon-EOS-10D) or use a camera similar in caliber.

Make a cohesive body of work that is five to eight images that go together in some way.

Print your four best images using the MCaP.

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your last name on it in the Assignment 2 folder:
Classes->ARTC4250_001->Assignment 2-> Your Name

Put your contact sheet in this folder.

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

Bring prints to class on Oct 9th.


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.

This assignment will be averaged with equal weight to the other assignments except the final, which will have a weight of 3.

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.