Due Dates

Images Due April 4th
Contact sheet Due March 28
In Progress Checkin March 30
In class exercise bring cell phones March 23
Prints Due April 11th

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 8 or more images, four prints (you print at least one), and one contact sheet
Create 8 or more images, four prints. In this assignment you will use the camera on a cell phone (or orther mobile device) to capture or document the mundane using the snapshot aesthetic.


To become aware of how image consumption has changed with the advent of cell phone and mobile device cameras.
To grasp the nature of image making with cell phone cameras.
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 your cell phone camera 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.

Consider how many American adults more often than not have their cell phones with them. Included on that cell phone is a camera. Those same people did not usually carry cameras, until now. The result is that most American adults (and lots of kids) now have a camera on person most of the time, which differs from just 4 years ago. Think about how this has changed image consumption and the documentation of every day life, especially recent riots both nationally and abroad. Think too about the simalarites and differences between plastic cameras of the past (the old snapshot tool) and the cell phone camera of today.

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

You are encouraged to manipulate your images post capture if you see fit.

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.

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.

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 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 April 11th.


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.