4.341 Introduction to Photography

As taught in: Fall 2002

Black and white close-up photo of woman's face.

A portrait from the final project. (Courtesy of Marianna Shnayderman.)




Prof. Reiner Leist

Course Features

Course Description

This course combines practical instruction, field trips, group discussions, and individual reviews intended to foster a critical awareness of how images in our culture are produced and constructed. Student-initiated term projects are at the core of this exploration of the relationship of image to language and issues of interpretation and personal history. Besides, this course also offers practical instruction in basic black and white techniques, digital imaging, fundamentals of camera operation, lighting, film exposure, development and printing. Course provides opportunity for continued exploration.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .swf.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.