Some readings for fall 2013


garbo’s face.barthes


Myth Today.barthes

Photography Changes Everything

Notes on Narrative 2013


Selected projects summer 2013.4



Due June 27 before 430p. Post to blog > x Portfolio page

Create a series of landscape, letter (11×8.5″) pages – 2-3 pages per project, 1″ border, documenting preliminary and final designs for each project. Save as a PDF and name as name.portfolio.pdf.

Structure each page in an interesting manner (like using a grid, below) to make a cohesive 10-15 page record of your work. No words necessary.


Project 5

Short talk by writer Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

In this project you’ll create a visual narrative, considering context, time, space, movement, picture relationships, linearity/non-linearity.  Produce a narrative that addresses one or more of these approaches:

–  a documentary approach creating a photo essay about an issue
– creation of a constructed reality using a fictitious identity, history or reality
– a poetic or lyrical approach to memory and/or identity

• Use a minimum of 7 photographs–shot, appropriated, staged for the camera, manipulated (Photoshop, etc.)
• Source must be photographic
• Presentation medium is open: installation, movie, object (book, etc.)
• Take care in production of all aspects of the project

Project 5 Readings
Weds June 19:

Notes on Narrative 2013, dc
Photography Changes Everything

Extra readings:
The Photograph as Contemporary Art Charlotte Cotton
Narrative Analysis
How Christian Marclay Created “The Clock” 

Christian Marclay, The Clock:

Montage: in filmmaking the technique of creating a coherent sequence that condenses time and space from separate images or film clips.

The Kuleshov Effect:

The Kuleshov Effect, via Hitchcock:

Eadweard Muybridge

The Perfect Human, Jørgen Leth, 1967

Doug Rickard (photographic narratives from Google Street View)

Mark Robbins

Barbara Probst


John Baldessari

Student Photo Narrative projects

Video by Marissa Gouverne, DDF Summer 2011

Book artist Keith Smith describes how order of viewing alters the story in The Structure of the Visual Book.

See staged photography by Jamie Diamond, Penn faculty.

Michele Lee, Fall 2009:

A day in the life of the Fine Arts dept, photo narrative: