Studio of Photography
Why study photography? You might likely have a mobile already? Share your moments on the net and collect likes. But are you aware of visual ecology? Then it is better not to take any photos at all but recycle or adopt them.
We live in a society obsessed by photographic images. We spend too much time taking photos and in the end we do not have enough time to look at them. Today, everyone is a photographer. Traditional photographers are not much respected by the contemporary art scene. Most frequently, a photographer is seen as a craftsman, a “naïve” documentarist or an amateur – the producer of snapshots. In the vast photographic smog, the artist is the person who appropriates or adopts already existing images and fills them with new meanings. Very often, a contemporary artist knows nothing about the techniques of photography but she is able to read visual information and use it in an adequate context in order to create an artwork. The opposite can also happen – an educated photographer can perfectly use composition principles and record the situation in front of the camera in a superb way but he is not able to read photography, he does not know which images to choose, how to present them – in other words, he is not able to further work with the visual information.
The studio curriculum aims in making the students aware of the historical and artistic contexts of photography and in broadening their general views of this visual medium. Techniques of the photographic process and principles of composition are also part of the curriculum. Great emphasis is put on encouraging students’ creativity and critical thinking. The aim is not to teach one specific approach to photography but rather support students in independent creative thinking about the nature of the photographic image nowadays.
I like open dialogue with younger generation in the process of teaching. The curriculum will have the form of regular tutorials and seminars during which individual students’ works will be reflected; however, the format will be that of the group crits so that the necessary discussion about the works is made possible. Projects, group assignments, and exhibitions will be also part of the curriculum. In order to make students see problems from different perspectives, external lecturers will be invited to take part on the educational process.
The studio graduate should be an independently thinking artist. Graduates will have mastered the technique of digital and analog photography including the postproduction processes in graphic programs. They will be aware of the variety of approaches with which they can use their own or other peoples’ photographs, they know exactly how, why, and in what kind of format, environment, and contexts they should be placed. The graduates will have been able to describe the aesthetics, formal and conceptual aspects of and photography, they know its history and present and they are aware of the perspectives of their future works. They will be able to work with the medium both in the art world and in wider context. In the ideal case, the model graduate will always have been open to experiments.