Assignment 1 – Encountering Culture

BriefAssignment 1
A portfolio of photographic work supported by individual workbook. (75% of the
final grade.)
Major Project: Encountering Culture
One of the objectives of this module is for you to begin to locate your own work
within the various and far flung fields of photographic practice. This in itself is not a
new idea; when the philosopher Plato (c.428-347 BC.) said “know thyself” he was
in effect saying much the same; that we must locate ourselves within the world in
order to validate our viewpoint of it.
To put that another way; we all see the world from an entirely socio/sexual/
culturally-unique perspective which will in turn dictate what and how we
communicate as photographic artists. This assignment addresses the notion
directly by asking;
“ Are you in harmony or in conflict within the social structure that you are a part
Through a set of 10 photographic pieces1 you should examine the sources of
pressures within society to conform or adjust our behavior and appearance. You
may examine stereotypes, racial, gender, religious, class or age etc. You may use
others to portray your views or you may explore the notion of the self- portrait.
Your images can depict both the mundane nature and the theatricality of the
everyday life.
You are expected to experiment with different approaches and challenge the
boundaries of your previous modes of working.
Useful reference material might come in the form of images from newspaper
cuttings, magazines, news footage, films, books, music,advertising in all it’s forms,
the family photo album and/or other practitioners.
Your research (included within your workbook/sketchbook/blog) should detail the
development of your ideas, and your practice as well as any shifts in direction of
the project.
1 A “photographic piece” refers to either a single photographic image or collection
thereof (in the form of a montage or dyptich, tryptich etc ). Final pieces must be
analogue in nature, ie. printed in the darkroom from negatives.
Friday 29th november
10.00-16.00, Ellen Terry Reception


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