Studio of Classic Photography 5

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307ESC5 exam 4 24 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The listener is able to formulate his/her intention, prepare a work plan, consult the chosen means and technological procedure. He/she realizes a high quality and comprehensive exhibition project. The assigned topic of the studio exercise is processed on the basis of original research, innovative and experimental approach to the acquired and deepened knowledge in the field of classical photography. He reflects his creative approach in the explication of the exhibition project and the verbal explication of the studio exercise.

Mode of study

in person

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The Classical Photography Studio focuses on the technological procedures and processes of photography. The studio also includes workshops focusing on historical photographic techniques such as rubber printing, cyanotype, bromo printing, wet collodion process and work with gelatin and its transfer to other materials. In the case of photographs where the positive image is the negative, the result is only a single original.

However, the studio is also dedicated to contemporary technological innovation, exploring and assessing the possibilities of digital photography and other technologies involved in recording the optical image. This includes the study of new light sources, taking aerial photographs using a drone, or obtaining extreme quality images by composing the image using various robotic devices.

The search for possibilities to realise creative intentions depending on the chosen technology is, among other things, a process of discussion within the studio.

The emphasis is on the creative elaboration of the studio assignment:

The use of masks is closely intertwined with the history of artistic practice, from the animistic-spiritual use by indigenous tribes, to the colonialist appropriations of the African aesthetic tradition by the Fauvists and Cubists, to diverse contemporary trends that challenge the setting of geopolitical infrastructures.

In its most basic sense, the mask can be seen as a disguise that covers the face or part of the face to protect health, conceal identity, for ritual purposes, to entertain or deter others. There are also masks that reveal more than they hide. Masks are wonderfully paradoxical in this sense, because in addition to concealing physical reality, they can also show how someone wants to be seen.

In addition to the aforementioned level of meaning, for the purposes of the studio exercise, it is useful to extend the perception of masks to the area of camouflage and concealment.

The actual work of the assignment will be subject to regular consultation, the final work must be anchored in the medium of photography and should consist of a minimum of six individual photographic images

Main themes

1 - 2/ Consultation of ideas, creation of a work plan

2 - 3/ Consultation of the work in process - proofreading, revision of the chosen approach and planned output

3 - 6/ Participation in studio exercises and workshops of non-standard techniques.

7 - 8/ individual work in the studio or outdoors - individual consultation

9 / proofreading - refining work on studio exercises and preparation of the exhibition project

10/ Exercises - non-standard techniques - photography as the only original

11 - 12/ Joint presentations, post-production, adjustments, completion of the final form

Recommended or required reading


Lubben Kristen: Magnum Contact Sheets, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2017

Frank Robert, Kerouac Jack: The Americans, Steidl Verlag, 2018

Fancher Nick: Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations, Peachpit Press, 2015

Jacobson Quinn B.: Chemical Pictures The Wet Plate Collodion Book: Making Ambrotypes, Tintypes & Alumitypes, StudioQPhotographt, 2013

Gernsheim Helmut: The History of Photography: The Age of Collodion, Thames & Hudson, 1989

Jacobson Quinn B.: Chemical Pictures: Making Wet Collodion Negatives: Albumen, Salt, & Collodio-Chloride Prints, StudioQPhotographt, 2013


Warner Marien Mary: Photography: A Cultural History (5th edition), Laurence King Publishing, 2021

Bouveresse Clara: Women Photographers, Thames & Hudson, 2020

Frank Robert, Kerouac Jack: The Americans, Steidl Verlag, 2018

Wintour Anna: Annie Leibovitz: Wonderland, Phaidon Press, 2021

Curley Marshall: Mastering Light: Classic Techniques for Expressive Portrait Photography, Amherst Media, 2017

Hunter Fil, Biver Steven, Fugua Paul: Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, Routledge, 2015

Adams Ansel: The Negative, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 2, 2015

Adams Ansel: The Camera, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 1, 2014

Adams Ansel: The Print, Ansel Adams Photography, Series 1, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment, Steidl, 2018

Knight Chris: Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow, Rocky Nook, 2017

Barnbaum Bruce: Essence of Photography,The: Seeing and Creativity, Rocky Nook, 2021

Jacobson Quinn B.: Chemical Pictures: Making Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Negatives and Prints, StudioQPhotographt, 2020

Guillory Ty: Making the Traditional Wet Plate Camera: Suitable for Wet Plate Collodion, Dry Plate, or Daguerreotype Photography, Ty Guillory Publisher, 2019

Christopher James: The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes 3rd Edition, Sengage Learning, 2015

Anderson Christina: Gum Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) 1st Edition,

AFocal Press Book Routledge, 2021

Anderson Christina: Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) 1st Edition, AFocal Press Book Routledge, 2021

Anderson Christina: Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) 1st Edition, AFocal Press Book Routledge, 2021

Enfield Jill: Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques (Alternative Process Photography) 2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis group, 2020

Sutton Thomas: A Treatise on the Positive Collodion Process, HardPress Publishing, 2019

Company Eeastman Kodak: Collodion and the Making of Wet Plate Negatives for Photo-Engraving Work: A Handbook of Information Concerning the Production of Wet Plate Negatives b, Chizine Pubn, 2017

Klein Henry Oscar: Collodion Emulsion and Its Applications to Various Photographic and Photo-Mechanical Purposes with Special Reference to Trichromatic Process Work, Franklin Classics, 2018

Norris Debra: Issues in the Conservation of Photographs, Getty Trust Publications, 2010

Baker Thomas Thorne: Photographic Emulsion Technique, Hassell Street Press, 2021

Long Charles: Dry Collodion Process, Alpha Edition, 2021

Hannavy John: Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, Routledge, 2013

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



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans