Fall 2021

Still/Moving: The Documentary Project

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-313  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-313

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Justin F. Kimball (Section 01)
Adam R. Levine (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 313 and FAMS 313) In this intermediate/advanced level course students will explore creative documentary practice in both photography and video production. The course is structured around individual projects of the student’s own design, and is informed by weekly group critiques and in-class exercises, both visual and technical. Shared topics between the two mediums may include: ethnography, narrative, sequencing/editing, staging/scripting, place and space, and working with archival materials. We will examine the shared history, theory, and ideological questions of these mediums, and focus on issues that inform contemporary documentary practice and the critical discourse that surrounds it. The course will include a series of historical and topical readings, class visits by contemporary artists, and presentations that consider the many ways artists use photography and film/video within the documentary tradition.

Requisite: A prior 200-level production course or relevant experience in photography or film/video (to be approved by the instructor(s) in advance of the first class.) Limited to 14 students. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Levine and Professor Kimball.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to FAMS and ARHA majors, then attention will be given to achieving a mix of majors and Five College participation


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021