WEEK 4: Performance as Portrait: Studio Photography

Jo Ann Callis,  Performance , (1985)

Jo Ann Callis, Performance, (1985)

DISCUSSION: When does a portrait become performative? Is the studio like a stage? We will discuss the effect the studio has on the portrait. Short presentation on studio oriented photographers.

STUDIO: Students will be introduced to methods of lighting and studio set up, as well as alternative tools for implementing lighting, backdrops, in-camera tonal changes, etc.

ASSIGNMENT: Students will be assigned to make 2 “studio style” photographs (outside of class) using processes learned in class.


Cindy Sherman,  Untitled Film Still  (1978)

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still (1978)

Wilmer Wilson,  Study, From My Paper Bag Heart  (2012)

Wilmer Wilson, Study, From My Paper Bag Heart (2012)