Photography & Expression (VA 547)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
Murat Germen,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Studio work/practice
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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Visual expression is the essence of visual communication / multimedia design these days. And, , photography is the one of the most important components of this interactive design process. In this class, we are going to to discover / experiment ways to express yourself and your design ideas through photography. We will try to create photographs that tell stories or create moods.


After having students introduced to a basic knowledge of conventional photography and its use within the digital realm in VA332; this class encourages students to discover / experiment ways to express themselves and their design ideas through photography. They will try to create photographs that tell stories, create moods or provoke impressions. Students will also be exposed to studio photography, yet will not be expected to work in studio.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. question images, symbols created for the purposes of propagation.
2. distinguish between a single photo and a narrative series of photos
3. compare old and contemporary photography practices
4. propose photo series that offer, share their own ways of thinking
5. identify the importance of form / aesthetics in artistic expression while concentrating on content / idea by examining various contemporary art and photography practices
6. demonstrate their artworks professionally
7. comprehend that animated image (video, film) has close relations with still image (photography) and find the middle ground through assignments dealing with chronophotography.


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 100



in class presentation material, attendance is of very high importance

- Over Exposed: Essays on Contemporary Photography edited by Carol Squiers
Publisher: New Press; (May 1, 1999)
- Roland Barthes, "The Photographic Message" in Image - Music - Text (New York: Hill and Wang, 1977)
- Barthes, Roland: Camera lucida: reflections on photography, New York: Hill and Wang, 1981 / Hill and Wang (May 1, 1982)
- Berger, John: Ways of Seeing, Penguin Books,London, 1972 / Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January, 1995)
- Lucie-Smith, Edward: Art Today, Phaidon, London, 1995 / Phaidon Press (September 16, 1999)
- Susan Sontag: On Photography / Picador; 1st Picado edition (August 25, 2001)
- Barbara Kruger: Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances The MIT Press (September 21, 1993)
- Peter Osborne: Conceptual Art (Themes and Movements) Phaidon Press (June 24, 2002)
- Barrett, Terry: Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images / McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition (July 9, 1999)
- Rush, Michael: New Media in Late 20th Century, Thames & Hudson, London 1999 / Thames & Hudson (November, 1999)
- Stiles, Kristine Selz, Peter. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art / University of California Press (May, 1996)
- Christopher Phillips (ed.), Photography in the Modern Era. European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940. New York: Aperture 1989. / Aperture (October 1, 1989)