Research Project: Choose a historical or contemporary female photographer with a substantial and distinguished body of work. You will need to reference at least three different sources (books and/or websites). See me for final approval if she is not listed under RESEARCH LINKS. You may not research the same photographer as any one else in the class. There will be three parts to your research assignment. All of this information will go on the "Research" page on your website. Be sure all of the images you select are school appropriate and include a list of your sources. Your final images will go on the "Artist Statement" page on your website. The Artist Statement will be written for your final exam grade on the last day of class.
Part 1: Artist Background - Start with a brief history of your artist. Tell where they grew up, attended school, etc. Try to find as much information as possible about who/what their influences were, and how their work progressed.
Part 2: Portfolio Critique - You will need to choose 6 different examples from the artist’s portfolio to critique. Start with a detailed description of exactly what you see in the photograph - 1 sentence. Then analyze at least one design element (line, shape, form, space, color, texture) and one connecting principle of design (balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety, unity) - 4 sentences. Finally, interpret the meaning or purpose that you see behind the work - 1 sentence. (6 total sentences!)
Part 3: Synopsis - Explain the overall similarities you observe in your artist’s shooting style including subject matter and compositional techniques.
Shooting Assignment: You will need to take at least 100 pictures outside of class. You should have no less than four separate entries on your photo log of 25 images or more. All photos should be uploaded onto your Google Drive in separate dated folders.
Your goal is to emulate the same style as your photographer, matching both her subject matter and compositional technique. The purpose is not to copy her work. You should use her portfolio as direct inspiration for your own vision. Be experimental and creative as you approach each photo shoot to diversify your portfolio.
Grading Criteria: (2 separate project grades) Women of Vision Research Project = 10pts Background Information (2pt) Image Critiques (1pt each x 6 = 6pts) Grammar (1pt) Three Cited Sources (1pt) Final Portfolio Images = 10pts 100+ Images (2pt) 4+Photo Shoots Logged (2pt) 6 Final Photos (1pt each x 6 = 6pts) Content = .2pt - Does the image express the researched photographer's style? Composition = .2pt - Are the elements and principles of design effectively utilized? Craftsmanship = .2pt - Was Photoshop used to enhance the image quality? Creativity = .2pt - Did the photographer extend her own voice and vision? Confidence = .2pt Did the photographer edit 6 images and share them in an online portfolio?
DEADLINES: Week 1 Select female photographer, select 6 photographs, and save these on the research page with research links to complete artist's background.
Week 2 CLASSWORK: 1 Artist Background paragraph on Research page plus 3 Portfolio Critiques HOMEWORK: 50+ images uploaded on Google Drive in folder with Selected Photographer's last name (2 separate photo log entries) and edit 3-4 final images
Week 3 CLASSWORK: 3 Final Portfolio Critiques + 1 Synopsis + Sources on Research page (Project Grade) HOMEWORK: 50+ images uploaded on Google Drive in folder with Photographer's last name (2 separate photo log entries) and edit 3-4 final images
Week 4 Artist Statement Outline What did you make? How did you make it? Why did you make this work? Who was your woman of vision and what influenced you about her work?