Studio of Classic Photography 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307ESC2 ZK 4 24 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English summer

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Name of lecturer(s)

Jan Douša, Martin STECKER

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The listener deepens his knowledge and skills through joint exercises with theoretical basis and practical demonstration. Works safely and independently in the studio and in the photobooth, using digital technology. The student is able to implement conceptual plans according to their intentions, and learns to use errors and mistakes in the development of their work. Is able to work in a team and actively participates in collaborative exercises, and is able to engage in constructive critical dialogue with fellow students.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The objectives of the course, i.e. two or three sentences about what is to be achieved in the course, what is its content

Classical Photography Studio focuses on the technological procedures and processes of photography. Its content is based on the assumption that the student must master certain specific tasks of a technical nature, which will only open the way to the realization of their creative intentions. With the students, the processes leading to predetermined goals are analyzed within the studio. The teaching includes confronting different technologies and defining their specifics, which can often become the only vehicle for the realization of a chosen project.

The studio is devoted to working with classical analogue photography from cine film to large format photography. Students have the opportunity to work with a negative up to 30x40 cm and then to make a contact or enlarged print on meter-sized barite paper. In addition to black and white photography, students are introduced to traditional color photography and the processing of color inverse materials.

Finding ways to realize creative intentions depending on the chosen technology is, among other things, a process of discussion within the studio.

The course Studio 2 deepens and extends the knowledge acquired in other professional practical subjects.

The main themes

1 - 2/ Introduction - overview of photographic techniques used - comparison of advantages, disadvantages and appropriate techniques to

2 - 3/ Idea for studio exercise and exhibition project - consultation - determining the appropriate procedure, process and treatment

3 - 4/ Preparation for colour negative and realisation

5/ technical exercises in the studio - large format negative

6/ technical exercise in the photo room - enlarging on barite paper

7/ Exercise - non-standard techniques

8 - 9/ Work in the open air - studio study tour.

10/ Consultation of the results of the preparation for the final thesis project + studio trip

11/ evaluation of work on studio exercise - proofreading

12/ joint presentation of the achieved results, correction, ways of adjustment

Recommended or required reading


Alberro, Alexander - Norvell, Patricia (ed.): Recording Conceptual Art, Berkeley,

Los Angeles a London: University of California Press, 2001

Alberro, Alexander, Sabeth Buchmann: Art After ConceptualArt, MIT Press,

Cambridge and London, 2006

Fried Michael: Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, Yale University

Press, New Haven 2008

Bourriaud, Nicolas: Relational Aesthetics, Dijon: Les presses du réel, 2002

Cotton Charlotte: The Photography as Contemporary Art, London, Thames

Hudson, 2004

Foster, Hal (ed): Postmodern Culture, London: Pluto Press, 1990

Foster, Hal; Krauss, Rosalind; Bois, Yves-Alain; Buchloh, Benjamin H.D.: Art

since 1900, London: Thames & Hudson, 2004

Michel Frizot: Nouvelle Histoire de la Photographie, Larousse-Bordas, Paris,


Liz Wells. The Photography Reader, Routledge, London, 2003

Wall, Jeff: Selected Essays and Interviews, New York: The Museum of Modern

Art, 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation, completion of ongoing tasks, realization of an individual exhibition project, realization of a studio assignment on a given topic common to all students



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

room 111
Room. No. 111

(Lažanský palác)
Douša J.

(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 09:00–17:15 Martin STECKER
Jan Douša
Room. No. 111
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

The subject is a part of the following study plans