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Alec Soth

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Analogue Darkroom 2

This class will continue the work begun in Analogue Darkroom 1 and build upon techniques examined in that class. In addition we will concentrate on print production from conception to finish. The ever-changing technology of materials will be addressed and topics such as mural production, alternative processes, unique toning formulas, and postproduction presentation techniques will be explored through demonstration, lecture, and hands on practice.

Analogue Darkroom 1

This lab class will introduce students to the current state of analogue practices. Through a series of demonstrations and assignments students will become familiar with advanced analogue technology in black and white photography. We will review the zone system, roll film and large format sheet film processing options, use of esoteric films and developers and the integration of a methodology to approach this in their own work.

Advanced Photography - Book

In this class students will work with their specific thesis project in the creation and production of a publication.

The Photographic Book 3, 2000 - present

This final class devoted to the photographic book will examine the current state of affairs in the market and the emergence of new technologies, which allows individuals to “create” their own unique publications. In conjunction with this class students will research the possible avenues for publication: commercial publishers, specialty presses, on-demand book production and small–run book publishing.

The Photographic Book 2, 1958 - 1991

This course will continue the survey of books produced worldwide during the second half of the 20th century. We will review a selection of seminal works, critique the photographic theme and content, design issues and production quality. In addition we will examine the impact of emerging technologies in the thematic topics of books. Subjects discussed will include: editing, photo sequencing, and all aspects of design.