Re: The value of the handmade

From: Joe Smigiel ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 03/16/05-11:23:42 AM Z
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>>> 03/16/05 10:27 AM >>>

>>We teach digital photography in the Fine Art Photography Department
they teach it down the hall in New Media Arts. Both units have their own

galleries For what it is worth the differences in output is stunning.
Everyone over there is Jerry Uelsmann. Media Art's work is largely
combinational images or images that have had lots of detail removed,
of smoothing over, or applied filters-- in a word its Photoshopped to
death. They teach Photoshop, we teach digital photography. I am an old
fuddy duddy and believe that much of art comes from imposed restraints.
painter has to deal with the fact that the canvas has edges and that it
not infinite. My other complaint is that much of the work is related to
building an image that has internal conflicts or things out of context.
once mentioned this to a friend of mine visiting, not knowing she had
to digital work. The first print she showed me was "Fish in Outer
This mind you is a two year college so the we are really still down at
basics. For me I expect students to work first in a traditional way,
to deal with the constraints of a straight image and not have the luxury
digging through a box of crummy negatives and becoming the next Jerry


A while back you surveyed the list on the topic of school photography
programs and their orientation towards traditional photography and
digital programs. I found your above description of the different
orientations between programs at a single school interesting and
pertinent to some political stuff I'm peripherally involved in at my

Can you (or have you, do you plan to) share the results of your survey?


Received on Wed Mar 16 11:21:15 2005

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