40133 - AFPG - Lab-based Course on Photography I

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student knows the main theoretical basis of photography, needed to clarify the process of realization of the image, analog and digital. Through the control of the frame and the study of the composition, he acquires a technique of representation of the landscape and architecture.

Course contents

Critics who are not photographers often divide the picture into two camps: one is called documentary, suggesting that it has privileged access to the truth; the other is called creative, or personal, or expressive, suggesting that it has privileged access to art . Best photographers certainly evade this dichotomy, understanding that it does a disservice both to truth and art, and also to the integrity of photography, that it is a method of describing how things look, without distinction of fields (John Szarkowski).
The course aims to use the camera as a tool of observation analytical and estranging, to explore a path like many others, but choose carefully among the most distant from the canonical destinations of tourists or art critics. You will end up, with sorrow, to exclude paths beaten by lovers, artists and photographers in search of themselves ... In short, a place where losing any intention to photograph the place to photograph "in" that place.
The selection and sequencing of photographs will complete a learning process that aims to revive our perceptions made opaque by the habits and to rediscover the ethos of photography: to educate us, as Moholy-Nagy would have said, to an intensive vision.


Cinque paesaggi, 1983-1993, a cura di Laura Moro e Antonello Frongia, (Postcard / iccd, Roma 2013)

Veramente, (MACK, mackbooks co.uk, gennaio 2014)

La Figura dell’Orante, Appunti per una lezione 1, cura della pubblicazione Silvia Loddo, Edizioni del bradipo, Lugo, 2012

Guido Guidi, Carlo Scarpa’s Tomba Brion (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz), 2011

Teaching methods

This course will work out the problems related to the use of the camera and to the knowledge of the specific technical


This course intends to deepen the issues related to the use of the camera and the knowledge of its technical specificities. During the lessons the teacher will illustrate the topics discussed through projected images and illustrative drawings; knowledge of analog camera will be experienced in classroom and outside.

Assessment methods

The exam (eligibility) verifies the learning of the contents transmitted through the practical and theoretical lessons held. The photographic elaborations concerning the study of the city conducted through the assigned exercises and the knowledge of the theoretical issues will be evaluated. To obtain eligibility the student will be required to make a booklet in A5 format containing the sequences of photographs agreed with the professor and appropriately edited.

Teaching tools

The documents presented during the lessons will be available electronically, and also the books on the authors as well as original photographic images will be available.
School equipment as analogue and digital cameras can be used by students accompanied by the teacher.

Office hours

See the website of Guido Guidi