Introduction to the technical and conceptual practice of photography and photographic image making for artistic purposes. Using the most overwhelmingly popular method of digital photography—the smartphone camera—students will produce original work in response to a series of lectures, online discussions, readings, and assignments. Completion of assignments will form a working understanding of photography's place in contemporary and historical society as a commercial, social, and artistic medium. A range of aesthetic, technical, and conceptual applications within photography including artistic content development, documentary and reportage, portrait, still life photography and lighting will be explored.
Mel Johnson MFA is an artist, photographer, and educator specializing in contemporary art and photography, art theory, as well as inter-media studio art and performance/installation exhibition. Johnson's professional practice focuses not only on studio art and education, but is motivated toward bridging the incredible and brilliant experience of creating photography and fine art, with professional and social arenas not commonly predisposed to pursuing art education.
Johnson is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, and led the 2014 West Regional Conference's educator's panel "Photography Education for the Instagram Generation". Johnson currently lives and works in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.