Course Syllabus

Course Title: ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM MODELS TO THE BUILT WORLD Visual Studies
Course Number: A4987
Semester: Spring 2021
Time and Location: Friday 9-11AM Zoom
Instructor: Michael Vahrenwald
Instructor Contact: mjv2149@columbia.edu
Office Hours: by appointment
Credits: 3

 

The class will present mixture of technical, historical, theoretical and practical information. We will look closely at numerous examples of the relationship between photography and architecture while making images of models and buildings. In the first half of the class we will focus on photographing various constructed spaces both exterior and interior. We will discuss approaches to photography from “objective” to “ expressive” and explore notions of the iconic, the narrative and digression in architectural photography. This half of the course will take place both inside and outside the studio.

In the second half of this class we will look at various ways of photographing architectural models from standard depictions in which the images are meant to closely resemble a full-scale construction to alternate approaches that play with what the architectural model can communicate. We will attempt to address themes beyond the presentation of a finished building or a rendering.

Materials:
Students should have a working camera and access to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Course Summary:

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