The View Camera: Black and White Large Format Photography

Course Number: 
DOCST 368S.01 / 768S.01
Course Instructor: 
Thomas Rankin
CDS Bridges 201
Days and Times: 
M 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Advanced, production-based photography course introduces students to the 4 x 5 large format view camera and its role in the documentary tradition. Learn to operate a view camera and attendant processes and materials to develop black and white sheet film and make silver gelatin contact prints from 4 x 5 negatives. Begins with focus on black and white negatives and contact prints. After demonstration of proficiency, students may optionally work in color film. Students produce a final portfolio of prints from their work throughout the semester. Class meetings consist of lectures, demonstrations, darkroom work, and critique of both process and final images.