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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Pixelated: The new photography

Instructor(s): Deborah Hall, Art

Pixel by pixel, contemporary photography is reshaping our concept of truth and identity. With the loss of the photographic object, both our idea of representation and the role of the image is shifting. Students will create digital photographs while considering both photographic history and current trends. Through an interdisciplinary lens that includes reading poetry, essays, films and psychological studies on photography, students will consider the social, historical and psychological impact of an image. How does reproduction and the concept of the "original" change our perception of a work? Focusing on both the content and aesthetics in this new chapter of photography, our investigation will take us from the environmental photography of Eugene Smith to Andres Serrano and the study of semiotics, to the effect a self-portrait on Facebook might reveal about one's identity

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