• Photographic Language
    3 Months, Part-Time Program
  • Features
    Live Online Course

PHOTOGRAPHIC LANGUAGE

WITH AUGUSTO PIERONI
This course will deal with photography as a manifold phenomenon: in fact, we all use photographs as an irreplaceable tool for keeping track of events, sharing experiences, documenting facts, etc. And yet photography is also – at the very same time – a creative language, an art form, a media implied in nearly every professional practice, from insurance to architecture, from advertising to philosophy.
But how do we make sense of photographs, then? And how do we read photography; or do we?
Instinctively we manage quite well to keep afloat in the ocean of images that flood our contemporary world but, once we turn to use that same language, do we manage equally well? Commonly, not only we are poorly schooled in the use of photography, but we are predictable and shallow also in its reading. This course will start from the very basics in a steady move towards the surface of contemporary photographic culture; to do so we shall use practice no less than theory. The purpose of this course will be to make an active experience of the nature of photographic images and their paradoxical life. By learning how they live and behave we will understand how to trap them in a sensible net of questions.

Cinema and video are but a variety of photographic images, and yet such languages – although sharing big chunks of their basic grammars – differ in most of their syntaxes. Therefore we shall also explore the grey areas where photographic sequencing overlaps with the logic of cinematic montage, to map photographic language to its whole extent.
Once we own the right set of questions to pose to the photographic images – and ourselves concerning our agency as users and interpreters – we will reach a deeper understanding that will enhance our self-awareness and fluidity also in their making.
This course is for
students
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    This course will start in April 2022.
    Since a limited number of students will be admitted, we suggest you Apply to our portal to get priority.


ENROLMENT FEE
$ 500.00
TUITION FEE
$ 1,600.00

FULL PRICE
$ 2,100.00

PHOTOGRAPHIC LANGUAGE

WITH AUGUSTO PIERONI
This course will deal with photography as a manifold phenomenon: in fact, we all use photographs as an irreplaceable tool for keeping track of events, sharing experiences, documenting facts, etc. And yet photography is also – at the very same time – a creative language, an art form, a media implied in nearly every professional practice, from insurance to architecture, from advertising to philosophy.
But how do we make sense of photographs, then? And how do we read photography; or do we?
Instinctively we manage quite well to keep afloat in the ocean of images that flood our contemporary world but, once we turn to use that same language, do we manage equally well? Commonly, not only we are poorly schooled in the use of photography, but we are predictable and shallow also in its reading. This course will start from the very basics in a steady move towards the surface of contemporary photographic culture; to do so we shall use practice no less than theory. The purpose of this course will be to make an active experience of the nature of photographic images and their paradoxical life. By learning how they live and behave we will understand how to trap them in a sensible net of questions.

Cinema and video are but a variety of photographic images, and yet such languages – although sharing big chunks of their basic grammars – differ in most of their syntaxes. Therefore we shall also explore the grey areas where photographic sequencing overlaps with the logic of cinematic montage, to map photographic language to its whole extent.
Once we own the right set of questions to pose to the photographic images – and ourselves concerning our agency as users and interpreters – we will reach a deeper understanding that will enhance our self-awareness and fluidity also in their making.
  • Features
    Live Online Course
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE
    This course will start in April 2022.
    Since a limited number of students will be admitted, we suggest you Apply to our portal to get priority.


ENROLMENT FEE
$ 500.00
TUITION FEE
$ 1,600.00

FULL PRICE
$ 2,100.00

AUGUSTO PIERONI

Augusto PIERONI PhD is both an educator and a contemporary art historian and critic focussed on the photographic arts. Among his books the long sellers: Portfolio! – Construction and Reading of Photographic Sequences (2015) and Leggere la fotografia – Reading Photographic Images (2nd ed. 2006).
A leading figure in Italian photographic culture, he formerly taught Photography History and Criticism at the University of Rome1-Sapienza and University of Tuscia (Viterbo). He is currently directing the “Firma Visiva” (Visual Signature) master on authorial photography at Officine Fotografiche - Roma, and “Il Corpo Visivo” (The Visual Body) master on reconfiguring nude photography, at Door Academy.
He is also teaching Visual Arts, Critical Analysis, and Photographic Sequencing in prominent institutes such as Officine Fotografiche, ISFCI, and RUFA. As a freelance, he holds workshops and one-on-one courses.
He has been featured by such international magazines as Aperture (New York), HotShoe (Londra), Eyemazing (Amsterdam), Muse (Milano).

AUGUSTO PIERONI

Augusto PIERONI PhD is both an educator and a contemporary art historian and critic focussed on the photographic arts. Among his books the long sellers: Portfolio! – Construction and Reading of Photographic Sequences (2015) and Leggere la fotografia – Reading Photographic Images (2nd ed. 2006).
A leading figure in Italian photographic culture, he formerly taught Photography History and Criticism at the University of Rome1-Sapienza and University of Tuscia (Viterbo). He is currently directing the “Firma Visiva” (Visual Signature) master on authorial photography at Officine Fotografiche - Roma, and “Il Corpo Visivo” (The Visual Body) master on reconfiguring nude photography, at Door Academy.
He is also teaching Visual Arts, Critical Analysis, and Photographic Sequencing in prominent institutes such as Officine Fotografiche, ISFCI, and RUFA. As a freelance, he holds workshops and one-on-one courses.
He has been featured by such international magazines as Aperture (New York), HotShoe (Londra), Eyemazing (Amsterdam), Muse (Milano).

COURSE SYLLABUS

THE FAMILY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES AND THEIR SOCIAL LIFE

Photography is just a word and yet it encompasses the most diverse historical and social variations. We will explore and make sense of different sorts of images and different forms of access and use.

BIASES AND CLICHES IN UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHS

We all know how to make and use our photos. This tricks us into believing we also know how such images produce meanings. We will discover how worn out and cliche are most of the mental schemes usually employed in understanding photographs.

THE STRUCTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC LANGUAGES: FORMS / CONTENTS / CONTEXTS

These are the pillars of every in-depth reading of a single photograph: or of a series thereof. We will see what’s in every one of these convergent approaches.

IMAGES VS. WORDS, OR RATHER IMAGE AS TEXT

What are words good for in planning photographs, presenting, studying, describing, and trading them. Isn’t an image already some kind of text? We’ll find out why we can’t get rid of words.

SEQUENCES MAKE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SENSE THAN SINGLE IMAGES

Photographs seldom come alone and in their purposeful sequencing lays the secret of every project worth of sustained attention. We will start unraveling the deep and rich structure of photographic sequences which both link and differ the photographic experience and the cinematic one.

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS AND THEIR SCOPE

We will make a brief but thorough itinerary amongst the main themes and issues of the photographic arts; not before having understood how manifold and baffling could be the very notion of art.

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    • Webcam
    • Microphone
    • Headphones or speakers
    • Broadband connection
     

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