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Photography has permeated our world and we come across photographs daily. From billboards to snapshots to the front page of your daily newspaper. Seeing the world photographically and learning to filter through these images can be revealing, metaphoric and powerful. The photography program at URI is focused on learning how to communicate visually usingphotography students photography. The program emphasizes experimentation built on a strong technical foundation. The aesthetic and technical skills are established through black and white photography. The abstraction of black and white and the attention to detail that is required for making a print, allows the student to think more about aesthetics, content and craft. The magic and intimacy of the darkroom creates a strong community of students. The sharing, exchanging and appreciation of ideas & experiences are part of the process of building and refining critical thinking skills. The two intermediate classes further explore and experiment in a variety of ways of seeing photographically in the digital and traditional darkroom. Students also start to formulate and work on personally driven projects. In the advanced class, students select semester long projects that they work on intensively combined with writing about exhibitions, lectures and trips.

Photo I

A good foundation in the technical and critical aspects of photography will enable you as a photographer to effectively communicate your ideas and concepts. This class is an important step for building your vision as an image-maker. The assignments are tailored to building your technical and aesthetic skills. By the end of the semester, you will have a basic understanding of the black and white photographic process. Slide presentations will help enhance your aesthetic awareness and appreciation of photography. You will learn to analyze, evaluate, and critique photographs. Group critiques will be geared toward learning to express your intended ideas and how to critique photographs. The sharing, exchanging and appreciation of ideas & experiences in a group are part of the process that will build and refine your critical thinking skills.

Photo II (Traditional darkroom)

In Photo I you learned the basic skills of black and white developing and printing. In Photo II (darkroom) you will expand your skills in creative black and white photographic expression, technique and communication. You will explore and experiment with a variety of materials, cameras and processes in black and white photography. You will start to develop your own individual approach to photography. During the semester you will: Examine and discuss the criteria for a successful photograph. To understand the importance of content, technical and aesthetic skills in communicating ideas through visual imagery. Experiment with different photo techniques to understand how to better communicate your visual ideas. Develop a better knowledge and understanding of the work of contemporary artists, and the context in which they work. Start to evaluate the power of the visual media in daily life.

Photo II (Digital Darkroom)

Over the last three years there have been rapid technological developments in digital capture and printing. We are now at a point where the quality of digital capture and printing matches and sometimes surpasses that of the traditional darkroom. Digital provides us with a new toolbox allowing for more flexibility and options than ever before. This course introduces you to the digital darkroom with an emphasis on digital workflow and printing. (The basic steps for a digital workflow are shoot, download, edit, archive and print.) We will also discuss contemporary issues in digital photography and consider the work of contemporary digital photography artists. In the class you will also explore resources for photographers on the web by critiquing online and self publishing a portfolio of images created during the semester.

Photo III

The goal of this class is to explore different processes and/or create a cohesive portfolio of work. Students will further explore contemporary photography through presentations and gallery visits. The sharing, exchanging and appreciation of ideas and experiences within the group are an important aspect of this class and build critical thinking skills.

Other Concentrations

Department Chair


Ronald Onorato

Office Hours:

Tues 2pm to 3pm

Weds 11am to 12pm

Or by appointment

Contact: 874-5821

Room: FAC 207


Special Programs

Italo Scanga Visiting Art Professionals Program

Visual Arts Sea Grant Program