Monthly Archives: December 2015

Register Now for Spring Photography & Imaging Courses

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Spring 2016 Photography & Imaging courses are still open for registration!

The following courses are great options for students (both majors and non-majors) and are still open for registration!

  • Photo 2: for Non-Majors – Digital for Analog (PHTI-UT.1002.001)
  • Photography and Witnessing (PHTI-UT. 1120.002)
  • Pictures and Platforms (PHTI-UT.1250.001)
  • History of New Media (PHTI-UT. 1120.005)
  • Design Boot Camp (PHTI-UT 1020.001)
  • Emerging Media Studio: Spaceship Earth (PHTI-UT 1030.002)
  • Advanced Photoshop [2-credit] (PHTI-UT 1260.001)
  • Time Travelers (PHTI-UT 0003.002)
  • Latin American Photography (PHTI-UT 1120.006)

Course descriptions are available below.

Note: These courses are offered by the Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch. Interested Non-Majors, please fill out the P&I Non-Majors Course Request Form. Pre-requisites listed on Albert are directed towards department majors. Non-majors should list comparable experience in the notes section of the Non-Majors Course Request Form.

Photo 2 for Non-Majors
[4 credits]

Tues. 9:30 – 1:15 pm
Prerequisite: Photography I or permission from the Department.

This course is recommended for transfer students and non-majors. This course expands upon the principles and tools of Photography I. Students will start out continuing to refine analog skills through a series of short technical assignments. Students will work on exercises with on-camera flash, medium format camera, and tungsten lighting to further their technical skills. At the heart of the class is the development of two long-term projects in which students can hone their creative vision. Weekly critiques of students’ projects will include discussions on content, aesthetics, editing, and technique. Class time will also be spent on slide presentations of historical and contemporary photography, technical lectures, and lab demonstrations. While students will predominantly be working in analog, digital photography will be introduced. Topics to be covered include the use of a digital SLR, the basics of Adobe Photoshop, and film scanning. Students are required to have a film camera with a light meter and manual functions in addition to film and photographic paper to execute their assignments. A lab fee is charged for this course.

Pictures and Platforms
[4 credits]

Fri. 2:00 – 5:45pm
Prerequisites: Social and Aesthetic History of Photography

How do online platforms affect the meaning and function of photograph, and shape photographic culture in general? This seminar explores the practice of publishing the photograph to online platforms from a theoretical and historical perspective. It will approach this topic by revisiting key texts that shaped the cybernetic tradition and exploring the work of contemporary internet theorists such as Tiziana Terranova and Alexander Galloway. Students will use concepts from the readings to consider the dynamics of social control, emotional labor, and personal expression in shaping the image culture of contemporary platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Specific examples will be drawn from the work of contemporary artists, including figures from the MoMA exhibition “Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015.” Coursework will consist of readings, lecture, and discussion, a class blog, and a final research paper.

Design Boot Camp
[4 credits]

Thurs. 9:30 – 1:15pm
Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Multimedia or permission by the Department. 

This is an intense design class for the crossover creature who yearns to design their own exhibit, create a street poster, develop an ad campaign, design titles for a film, invent a visual identity for a musical score, etc. This will be a hands-on process-driven class that will push you to imagine, create, and produce. Students must know InDesign.

Advanced Photoshop
[2 credits]

Fri. 9:30 – 1:15pm
Offered Spring only. Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging III.

Through demonstrations and hands-on instruction, students will learn how to further control and expand their use of Photoshop – emphasis will be on photographic concerns, of tonality and color control as well as exploring the creative potential of constructing images from photographic source material and graphic design principals. A brief review of basic concepts and file formats and a discussion of workflow including the integration of the enhanced Adobe Bridge will start the semester. We will review color correction and various selection refinements. Layering and layer masks will be extensively examined and we will touch on collage methods. We will also look at automating routine actions to streamline your workflow. A thorough review of camera RAW image processing for greater control and retention of highlights and shadow detail will also be included. This course requires a nonrefundable lab fee.

Time Travelers
[4 credits]

Wed. 9:30 – 1:15pm
Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging Digital and Analog 

This studio course introduces conceptual methods and practical techniques for working with elements of time and duration alongside visual images and sound. Through sequence, moving image and montage, we will combine visual practices across photography, the web, networked media, sound, video and responsive devices. Our focus for the semester is to understand time-based media as relational communication that adapts to the changing nature of society, technology, access and infrastructure. We will take advantage of hi-tech and low-tech, the anachronistic and the new. We will look at artists and media makers whose creative deployment of electronic media explores not just the medium itself, but questions how our subjectivities and relationships change as technology evolves—revisiting the past and projecting into the future. We will inspire each other with presentations on individual artists alongside discussions of critical readings and fictions. Through risk-taking and working together, we will think not just as users, but as innovators of new platforms and forms of creativity.

Photography and Witnessing
[4 credits]

Wed. 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Prerequisites: Social and Aesthetic History of Photography

What does it take to be a witness? What are the ethical, political, cultural, legal and personal stakes in witnessing? Can photography and other media turn us into witnesses, or do we have to witness events personally for our testimony to be valid? What is the difference between documenting and witnessing an event? What is the difference between rendering an account and giving testimony? What role has photography played in the formation of our contemporary understanding of witnessing, and how does contemporary photography bear witness? Witnessing is a critical concept in religion, law and science that has received renewed attention in recent years in the fields of art, photography, literature and cultural studies as well. The course will examine foundational texts on the notion of witnessing to arrive at a working definition that distinguishes witnessing from documentation. A parallel focus will be on photography’s particular function as witness, and on the changing nature of both the medium and the needs for historical witnessing in our time.

History of New Media
[4 credits]

Thurs. 2:00 – 5:45pm
Prerequisites: Social and Aesthetic History of Photography

This semester course centers on the citation of photographic languages within contemporary art. It draws a distinction between the way in which photography is used as a material in contemporary art (the area that this course focuses on) and the late 20th century idea of photography as a validated discipline within the realms of contemporary art. The course looks at the artistic practices of young artists who are proposing the scope of ‘photographicness’ in contemporary art including Kate Steciw, Marie Angeletti, Carter Mull, Daniel Shea, Hannah Whitaker, Anne de Vries, Eileen Quinlan, Erin Shireff, John Houck, and Matt Keegan. The class also analyses the work and writing of artists including Lucas Blalock, Jason Evans and Artie Vierkant who are eloquently presenting the motivations and aspirations of this new wave of contemporary art photography. The classes will be structured to include regular presentations and thorough analysis of weekly reading by all the participants. There will also be workshops on writing and communicating your ideas and the aspects of contemporary photography that interest you most. The class has one written requirement, which you are expected to work on throughout the semester that situates your photographic practice within current ideas about photography.

Emerging Media Studio: Spaceship Earth
[4 credits]

Tues. 9:30 – 1:15pm
Prerequisite: Photography & Imaging: Analog and Digital or permission by the Department. Course repeatable for credit

Planet Earth will be the site of our work as we explore interdisciplinary methods of imaging, mapping, modeling and performing with urban and planetary landscapes. Remote sensing extends the possibilities of the body across territories, time and space in order “to be in two places at once.” We will learn hybrid techniques of photography and spatial practice alongside the use of remote sensing, 3D-topographical models, data infrastructure, and architectural mapping to create inventive artworks and performances. These may take the form of video, virtual reality environments, site-based performance, or photographic documentation. We will discuss ideas drawn from theoretical readings and examples from artists working with land art, spatial practice and performance, alongside forensic mapping, urban planning and environmental science. Together we will develop individual and group projects that investigate space, landscape and social dynamics within them.

Latin American Photography
[4 credits]

Thurs. 6:00 – 9:00pm
Prerequisites: Social and Aesthetic History of Photography

This course examines the history of Latin American photography, from the early photographic productions of the nineteenth century to the contemporary conceptual tendencies.  We begin with photographers’ representations of the local landscape and its inhabitants, we continue with the establishment of the first photographic studios, and we follow with the advent of modernist trends, such as surrealism and abstraction. We approach the strong documentary practice in the region that swings from registering the everyday life and autochthonous rituals, to chronicling political upheavals—as exemplified in the Mexican and Cuban revolutions—, to cataloguing the “disappeared” under the military juntas of Argentina and Chile. We also explore the treatment of labor in 1970s Cuban and Brazilian photo essays, the incorporation of postmodern concepts by Latin American photographers in the 1990s, and the photographic representations of narco-culture in Colombia and Mexico. We discuss critical problems such as: realism, indigenism, social commentary, propaganda, nationalism, violence, and ethics. Some protagonists of this story: Martín Chambi, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Sebastião Salgado, Alberto Korda, Mario Cravo Neto, Sara Facio, Luis González Palma, Marta María Pérez, and Vik Muniz.

Book Launch: Longing for the Bomb by Lindsey A. Freeman

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LONGING FOR THE BOMB by Lindsey A. Freeman

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Sociology Lounge, Room 6112

Longing for the Bomb traces the unusual story of the first atomic city and the emergence of American nuclear culture. Tucked into the folds of Appalachia and kept off all commercial maps, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was created for the Manhattan Project by the U.S. government in the 1940s. Its workers labored at a breakneck pace, most aware only that their jobs were helping “the war effort.” The city has experienced the entire lifespan of the Atomic Age, from the fevered wartime enrichment of the uranium that fueled Little Boy, through a brief period of atomic utopianism after World War II when it began to brand itself as “The Atomic City,” to the anxieties of the Cold War, to the contradictory contemporary period of nuclear unease and atomic nostalgia. Oak Ridge’s story deepens our understanding of the complex relationship between America and her bombs.

Lindsey A. Freeman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Buffalo State. She received her PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Freeman writs about memory, nostalgia, utopia, space/place, atomic & nuclear culture, art, and the Southern superreal. 

Sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. This event is free and open to the public.

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Anamesa Launch Party – Dec. 10!

Hello Draperites!

We are excited to celebrate the launch of our Fall 2015 issue of Anamesa!

Where: Think Coffee, 248 Mercer st

When: Thursday, December 10th at 8:30 PM

All are welcome–coffee, tea, wine, beer, and snacks will be provided!

Announcements from the Wasserman Career Center

Attention: Class of 2016 & 2017


December 1-December 17

Have your resume viewed by hundreds of employers hiring for full-time and internship opportunities. To participate, your resume must be reviewed and approved by the Wasserman Center (online or in-person) and you must complete the electronic submission through NYU CareerNet.

Resume Review & Approval: 

  • ONLINE Resume Review: Submit your resume for an online resume review through NYU CareerNet Job ID #1004809 (Class of 2016) or #1004807 (Class of 2017). Deadline: Dec 13th at 11:59PM EST
  • IN-PERSON Resume Review: Bring a printed copy of your resume to the Wasserman Center during walk-in hoursDeadline: Dec 17th at 3:00PM EST

What career type are you? Take the Universum Survey to find out 

There are seven distinct career types based on career preferences, goals and personality. Knowing yours is important. The Universum Student Survey takes your responses and provides you with an in-depth review of who you are as an applicant, suggesting employers and industries you may not otherwise have considered. Take the survey here for a free report!

Employer Site Visit featuring: Mindshare

Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Wasserman Center (133 East 13th St. 2nd Floor)

In this site visit, you will learn how media agencies, Mindshare in particular, function both internally and externally. There will be time for exploring different departments, and a questions/short discussion period. To RSVP, click here.


Nonprofits and Education: Meet Up with Great Oaks Charter School

Wednesday, December 2, 11-12:30pm | Academic Resource Center

Ask job search questions, explore potential opportunities, and learn more about your career options from Great Oaks Charter School. As always, coffee and tea is on us! RSVP

Non-Profit Boot Camp

Deadline to Apply: Monday, December 7th

Hear industry insights, trends and career development advice from professionals in the non-profit field at this full day conference. Apply here: Job ID#981213.

Study Away Internships Pre-Departure Workshop

Wednesday, December 2nd, 6-7pm, Wasserman Center (133 East 13th St. 2nd Floor)

Are you studying away during Spring 2016 and planning to participate in a part-time internship? Join us for this seminar on how to prepare for and navigate an international internship. RSVP.

What Recruiters Look for During a Phone Interview

Thursday, December 3, 6-7:00 pm, Wasserman Center (133 East 13th St. 2nd Floor)

In-house recruiters are the gatekeepers for their company. Come learn what they scrutinize during the initial contact with applicants. To RSVP, click here.

Study Away Internship and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Tuesday, December 8th, 12:30-1:30pm, Presentation Rm B

NYU’s study away sites offer a wide array of experiential learning opportunities including internships, part-time work, and community service. Join us for an overview of the processes and expectations of locally engaging at each of our sites to help you better navigate your study away experience in the future. RSVP.

Power Networking/Power Pitching: The Dynamic Duo

Wednesday, December 16, 6-7:30 pm, Wasserman Center (133 East 13th St. 2nd Floor)

Join Television/Digital Packaging Agent and Certified Life/Career Coach Jim Arnoff in a highly interactive workshop that will give you the insider’s secrets to networking and pitching with results. To RSVP, click here.

For a full list of NYU Wasserman events, please log in to your NYU CareerNet account here.

New Fellowship Opportunities in CareerNet

Fellowships provide a fantastic opportunity to gain funding for experiential learning or professional training and development.  The NYU Wasserman Center is constantly posting new fellowship opportunities for which students can apply. In December, deadlines are coming up for the Boren Fellowship, Polonsky Foundation–NYU Digital Humanities Fellowship, Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellowship, and many more.  Find opportunities today in CareerNet!

Upcoming Graduate Seminars and Webinars

For the month of December, the Graduate Student Career Development Team is offering an array of in-person and virtual events.  Join us for Marketing Your Master’s Degree, Networking 101 for Grad Students, and Strategic Offer Management and Salary Negotiation, among others. To RSVP to these events and others, head to CareerNet.

New Graduate Student Resources in CareerNet

The Graduate Student Team has added four new resources to CareerNet.  Go to CareerNet>Resources>Career Resources to view the new handouts: Resume Guidelines for Graduate Students, CV Guidelines for Graduate Students, Cover Letter Guidelines for Graduate Students, and Networking Tips for Graduate Students.

To learn more about graduate student services, events, and resources, visit CareerNet or The Wasserman Center’s graduate student webpage. Receive our weekly eNews by signing up in CareerNet at Home>Profile>Privacy.  To RSVP for Wasserman Career Development events, log into CareerNet, and click through Home>Events>Seminars to locate a list of upcoming programs and register.

Cold War Seminar- Sara Fieldston-December 3

Sara Fieldston (Seton Hall University) will lead our final seminar of the semester this Thursday December 3. Sara will discuss a chapter from her book Raising the World: Child Welfare in the 20th Century (Harvard University Press, March 2015). A chapter from Sara’s book is attached for everyone to review before the seminar. Talya Zemach-Bersin (Yale, 2014-2015 CW Center Fellow) will comment.
The seminar will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Tamiment Library conference room, on the tenth floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. As always, a reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session.
You can find more information about our seminars and other events here: