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DMA 136 - Usher - History Assignment

The history assignment from Laurie Usher's DMA 136

History Assignment - Parts E.1 & E.2

E.1 Historical Research - PRESENT TO CLASS:  Due as presentations to class

Starting week 3 through week 8; sign up for topic & date. Print and submit in notebook. You may work as a pair or individually. My personal books have biographies and history information; checkout until next class. Due in Final Notebook 

E. 1. Person influential in the history of photography: find a photographer or inventor of interest to you and share a little about their life and work with the class. Ideally prepare a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 10 slides that illustrate their personal life story as it relates to their photographic work, the camera they used, and the work they did. What importance or impact did their work have on society? Keep under 8-minutes in length.

E.2. Process, how was photography invented, what are some of the chemical and physical processes used; you can demonstrate them. Perhaps you’d like to work this into a final project; we have a small budget available for supplies. (Hint: on the Internet, look up “alternative processes”)

Computer Account

The instructor may communicate via email, so it is suggested that you check your email the evening prior to class.*

You may be asked to submit some assignments via email.

Check the class website (link below) for assignments and updates by Thursday, 1:00 pm each week.

COMPUTER ETIQUETTENO TEXTING, EMAILING, OR CELL PHONE USE IN CLASS. Please turn off phone ringer. Thanks in advance for being polite to classmates, guest speakers and me.

* Contact the computer help line at 475-7600 if you need help establishing a free O.C. email account.

Course Requirements

ü  Completion of all assigned photographic projects, including journal entries. Final works should display technical and creative proficiencies; 

ü  Develop a digital workflow system for your camera and computer systems. 

ü  Demonstrate the ability to talk & write formally about your and peers’ work in an informed and professional manner; 

ü  Submission of 3-ring notebook as part of the mid-term and final containing a portfolio of assigned work. You CANNOT PASS this class WITHOUT THIS! *  

ü  Regular class attendance and participation.



* Notebook Portfolio Requirements:  This is a tool for you to use to develop your working knowledge of photography and to help track your progress. It will be checked during the quarter. The notebook portfolio will be submitted for midterm and final grading. It should be organized into the following sections, in order, with a contents page.

1.       Dated Class Notes and Notes on Readings/websites

2.       Copies of Handouts  

3.       In-Class Assignments, such as critiques of others work, discussion or writings

4.       Aphorisms - Sayings of Personal Interest related to photography (min. of 3); create a composite of prints with aphorisms and 3 of your photographs interpreting their meaning: Due Midterm notebook

5.       Review of Resources: Due presentation & in midterm notebook

6.       Equipment Research: Due in midterm notebook

7.       History Assignment: Due wk 3-7 as presentation & in final notebook)

8.       Labeled Photo Shooting Assignments and Journals; show on time every week, place in both notebooks

9.       Flickr Site: print your photos & your comments.  Due online & in notebooks as assigned each week

10.    FINAL project Due Final week as presentation & in final notebook

11.    Extra Credit

12.    Miscellaneous



Optional for extra credit (up to 10 points):

ü  Attendance of art gallery openings (Bremerton 1st Fridays), lectures, museums, field trips;

ü  Volunteer digital lab assistant;

ü  Publish your work in Olympian, O.C.’s newspaper; other publications or websites;

ü  Assist with photo class website, volunteer lab tech or

ü  Negotiated projects with instructor.




A photographer who can communicate using verbal and written language has a distinct advantage over her colleagues. Articulating your strengths as a photographer can help you sell your work, get it exhibited, or give people a handle on how to begin to approach it as something new. Well-organized, intelligent cover letters and artist statements are rarer than many realize. Publishing articles, researching and organizing information to use in presentations, or writing portfolio text all have a place in a photographer’s relationship with audience and peers. Writing about other photographers’ work can not only help the writer come to grips with what that photographer may have been trying to express, but also how that photographer’s expression has affected the writer.