Due Dates

Images Due
Part A, March 22nd
Part B, Will be done in class Wed March 24th
Part C, Due Monday, April 5th

No prints due for this assignment
I will not collect the CD for this assignment, however I expect that you will create one for your own records as you did in the last assignment.


Create images as specified below
Part A
Christi Nielsen event, create 4 quick responsive images with a cell phone camera

Facebook page
Christi Nielson URL

Part B
Quick group responsive cell phone imgages, in class exercise. Wednesday March 24th, 4 images

Part C
Prompt and create. Partners will prompt each other four times (from 3.24-3.29) and each will use a cell phone camera to create responsive images.

Reading 4

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


To become aware of how image consumption has changed with the advent of cell phone cameras.
To grasp the nature of image making with cell phone cameras.
To learn how to respond quickly to artistic problems.
To learn how to solve artistic problems given a limited set of options.
To become aware of the multitude of art making possibilities that are embedded in our immediate surroundings.
To see how working with immediate surroundings and everyday life relates to snap shot photography.
To explore the genre of snapshot photographs as a fine art.
To learn how your individual work can also be collaborative.
To explore the possibilities of using contemporary social networking in art production.
To analyze and make artistic comments on the power of low end photography.


Use your cell phone camera to complete the three parts to this assignment.

Part A
On Friday, March 19th from 6-9, follow the Christi Nielsen collaborative event.

Click here for full instructions

From 6-9 pm, Christi will post a prompt on the wall of the facebook page every 15-20 minutes. That will be a total of 9 to 12 prompts.
People will upload images based on the prompts.
Christi will post your images, thus making collaborative art from your entries.

Your job:
1) Respond quickly to four of the prompts by making images with your cell phone camera.

2) Upload the images to the facebook page. You can make more than one image per prompt if you wish. Full instructions on the instruction page above.

NOTE: It is up to you if you want to be in front of the computer to do this or simply do it "on the run" from your phone. Full "on the run" instructions are on the instructions page above. You can also simply sit at your computer to do this, but maybe not as much fun. Instructions for this are just as easy and posted on the page above.

3) Bring your 4 images to class on Monday with the associated prompts. It is up to you whether or not to write the text of the prompt in the white space under your picture or as a listing in an associated text file. If you do the latter, make sure you number the prompts so they correspond to the imagery.

4) Put the 4 images and prompts in the Assignment 4-> your name -> Part A folder.
You will present your images on Monday to the class and we will talk about them as well as the event.

The event will happen on the facebook page below:

Facebook page

Information about Christi Nielson

Part B
Quick group responsive cell phone imgages, in class exercise. Wenesday March 24th, 4 images

1) After giving me your cell phone number you will get a partner and go somewhere.

2) I will prompt one cell phone in each group with a text message.

3) You will respond quickly to the prompt by creating cell phone pictures. This will be a group effort.

4) I will prompt you 4 times over one hour, so you will have roughly 15 minutes to solve each prompt.

5) You will come back to class and your group will present the images you created for each prompt.

6) Put the 4 images and prompts in the Assignment 4-> Part B folder->YourName_PartnerName folder-> images_named_by_prompt.

7) You will edit these images further WITH YOUR PARTNER after your quick critique. You will have class time on Monday March 29 and March 31 when you will also meet about part C (see below)

8) Save these edited versions in the same place with the same name, but put V2 at the end of the name for version 2.

Part C
Prompt and create, a not so quick response.

1) Partners will prompt each other four times from 3.24-3.29 and each will use a cell phone camera to create responsive images.

2) Students will work with the same partner from class on 3.24 and exchange cell phone numbers.

3) From 3.24-3.29, each partner will think of 4 prompts to send to the other person. In each case, the person who receives the prompt must make responsive images using a cell phone camera.

4) You do not have to respond quickly and you can manipulate the images as much as you want. These images may be contemplative and made at a later time.

5) On Monday, 3.29, you will meet with your partner in class to go over the images you made. Give each other individual critiques to improve the work.

6) From 3.29-4.5 when these are due, you can re-shoot to improve your work or manipulate further. You will have at least some time during class on 3.31 to meet with your partner again for further suggestions.

7) As with Part A, put your best 4 images (or more if you wish) and prompts in the Assignment 4-> your name -> Part C folder.

8) We will have a class critique for Part C on 4.5, when these final 4 works aare due.

Snapshot Concepts to Consider

Receiving prompts from within your environment will help you see the multitude of images available for capture in any given environment at any given time. This is exactly how we make snapshot pictures. We are making images of our everyday life from wherever we happen to be.

Now that most American adults usually have some kind of image capture AND dissemination device on hand, we are making and consuming images in a new way that differs from just 3 years ago. Think about this change in relation to the documentation of every day life. Think about how we put inordinate amounts of personal information and images online for all to see. Reflect on this aesthetic and make informed and artistic renditions of every day life in response to the prompts you receive. Borrow from the snapshot aesthetic and consider ways to make your camera reveal the richness of the normal.

You may manipulate your images post capture as you see fit, though this might not be possible for the "quick response" portions.

Review the artists covered in class:

Gary Winogrand

Dianne Arbus

Bruce Davidson

Harry Callahan

Tina Barney
Note: She uses a large format camera and these are not snapshopts, BUT, they look like snapshots.

More Tina Barney

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

More Nicholas Nixon

American Snapshots from the Robert E. Jackson Collection

Click here for a write-up or to listen to a podcast of a recent exhibition of the Robert E. Jackson Collection.

Submission Requirements

Create a folder with your last name on it in the Assignment 4 folder:
Classes->ARTC400->Assignment 4-> Your Name

Part A
Put the 4 images that you uploaded to the facebook page, along with the prompts, in the Assignment 4-> your name -> Part A folder.

Part B
Put the 4 (or more) images that you created with your partner, along with the prompts, in the Assignment 4-> your name -> Part B folder.

Part C
Put the 4 images (or more) that you made in response to your partner's prompts over the 1.5 week period, along with the prompts, in the Assignment 4-> your name -> Part C folder.

Images should be a 5MB or smaller jpeg.


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.