The students of the Master IUAV in Photography attend theoretical and practical courses: the singular modules become a working platform to realize a series of projects that will follow them through the entire year. After a first phase of creation and gathering of ideas and suggestions, every student develops a photographic project focused on the contemporary landscape, analyzing the vision of the territory, the anthropic presence and its perception. The project, to be realized in the form of book or exhibition, is developed with the support of professors and thanks to the dialogue with external guests (photographers, curators and academics) during the “Show and Tell”, moments of debate and collective discussion. The students gain specific skills through an internship at institutions, professional studios and independent realities. The master’s educational path unites technical and formal skills to the critical and theoretical awareness of the students’ own research. All the works produced by the participants will become part of the archive of the Master IUAV in Photography, creating a collective collection on themes and debates relevant to contemporary photography.
The courses analyze the characteristic of photographic language through different aspects, in order to provide students with the necessary instruments and knowledge to create and develop autonomous project. Andrea Pertoldeo presents an introduction to the basic technical notions of photography and analyzes the different types of cameras and their correct use, analogue and digital photography as well as Adobe Light Room. Michele Lazzarini examines the modality of optimization and image editing using Adobe Photoshop software. Roberto Grossa explores different modalities of image projection starting from analogic support through a series of practical exercises.
STORIES AND THEORIES
The course provide information and in-depth analysis of key moments in the history of photography. Angela Vettese presents an excursus of photographic experimentations from the historical avant-gardes to the most important visual researches in contemporary photography. William Guerrieri, Director of Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea, analizes the dynamics of public photographic commissions. Mario Lupano explores different research related to photography as socio-cultural phenomenon. Carlo Sala analyzes a wide range of contemporary photographic languages thanks to the presence of several guests. Antonello Frongia develops a close analysis of specific periods and authors in relation to a wider socio-cultural scenario. Finally Guido Guidi presents the researches and projects developed through his long career. The knowledge acquired through these lessons enables students to develop a basic grammar necessary to the creation of an independent photographic language.
PHOTOGRAPHY GRAMMAR WORKSHOP
The first Photography Workshop, held by Andrea Pertoldeo, presents essential elements of the photography grammar. In the first session of “Show and Tell” Stefano Munarin analyzes the works produced by the students during the workshop. In the course of the module the technical skills previously analyzed are united to the ability to read different contexts of production and diffusion of the photographic image. Students are encouraged to develop critical reflections in relation to a wide range of photographic production and related subjects. Thanks to the seminars, the courses develops dialogue and group discussion, analysis of critical points of view and the students’ ability to evaluate and develop their own practice in relation to the theoretical skills acquired.
The photography workshops propose field exercises aimed at learning different aspects of the photographic profession and the production of a personal portfolio. Through the seminary lessons and workshops – lasting two weeks each – Filippo Romano, Stefano Graziani and Bas Princen work with students on the themes examined in the first part of the master, through the exploration of significant areas of the city of Venice and its lagoon. As part of this module, Armin Linke proposes the realization of an “Instant Project” that develops into a photographic book. During the workshops students will examine the key concepts necessary to the development of the final project. The professors will analyze the works produced by the students during the master as well as their previous researches, considering the different technical, theoretical and practical features related to the ideation and realization of the different projects. The direct analysis and debate on the images held by the different professors will offer students the opportunity to develop the critical apparatus necessary to the presentation of the final master project, keeping in mind the typology of its destination (exhibition, publishing or online publication). The “Show and Tell 2” held by Kersten Geers will generate a reflection on the projects realized during the different workshops and will help to consolidate an individual visual language.
Amedeo Martegani reflects on the production of an artistic research through the medium of photography and video. At the end of his workshop, the students’ work are analyzed in the “Show and Tell 3” held by Francesco Garutti. Carlo Sala presents his final lessons of “Stories of Photography”.
PUBLISHING AND EXHIBITION CURATORIAL STUDIES
During the last phase of the master, students will complete an individual project starting from the research developed along the year. They have acquired a critical comprehension of instruments within the cultural and professional context and they have develop an autonomous language. The final work is presented during the final master exhibition and is conceived for a possible publication. For this reason, the lessons held by Giovanna Silva aim at exploring curatorial approaches to photographic book publishing, while Francesco Zanot examines the field of photographic exhibition curating. At the end of the master, the students will be able to work autonomously using multiple languages and techniques of image production and presentation – from the exhibition to the photographic book – indispensable to work professionally in the field of contemporary photography.