Photography lV

Course Details

Course Number
Art 4013
Section Number
Art 4013
Spring 2018
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Gary Goldberg (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives




Art 4013 101 - Photography lV                                                    Spring 2018

Text: Light and Lens Photography in the Digital Age, Robert Hirsch, Focal Press

Teacher of record:

Professor Gary Goldberg

Office Fain C115

(940) 397-4283 work

(940) 782-0884 cell

Meeting time TTH 9:30 pm- 12:20 a.m. Fain Computer Lab C115F

Office Hours MW 8:00a.m. – 12:00 noon




This course will introduce the student to the advanced concepts of photography as an art form. The course will include digital approaches to contemporary photography. Skills in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge will be explored. Each student will also learn to professionally window mount finished photographs on matte board.



Each student will be responsible for solving six photographic problems assigned by the instructor. The last assignment will be selected by the student and will explore a technical idea and a visual idea. Each assignment will introduce a new concept and set of photographic skills. Each student will turn in one framed work at the end of the semester. A portfolio of 35 photographs, 20 matted and 15 unmated in a protective sleeve, will be turned in at the end of the semester.



Achieve a high level of advanced fluency in camera function and extended use of camera functions

Obtain advanced fluency and competencies in the programs Adobe Photoshop and Bridge

Be able to critically discuss and understand photographic images at a high level based on current critical theories.

Print and present photographs in a professional manner with knowledge of a array of materials

Have an advanced level understanding and building fluency in the History of Photography

Increase awareness and understanding of contemporary photographic issues at high levels

Work towards building a professional portfolio

Work to achieve the highest level of verbal competencies in current photographic issues



Important Photographers


Ansel Adams (1902-1984), Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), Edward Weston (1886-1958), Alfred Stieglitz (1864 -1946), Edward Steichen (1879-1973), W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), Sebastiao Salgado (born 1944), Martin Parr (born 1952), Arnold Newman (1918-2006), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), Don McCullin (born 1935), Annie Leibovitz (born 1949), Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), David LaChapelle (born 1963), Andre Kertesz (1894-1985), Lewis Hine (1874-1940), Robert Frank (born 1924), Walker Evans (1893-1975), William Eggleston (born 1939), Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), Bruce Davidson (born 1933), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Brassaii (1899-1984), Richard Avedon (1923-2004), Diane Arbus (1923-1971), Cindy Sherman American 1954-, Joel-Peter WitkinAmerican 1939-, Sarah Moon British 1940-, Eve Arnold American 1912-, Paul Strand American 1890-1976, Tony Ray-Jones British 1941-1972, Helen Levitt American 1913-2009, Mary Ellen Mark American 1940-


You will be responsible for knowing and recognizing the work of forty of these photographers.





Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy: Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.

·      THREE late arrivals counts as a single absence.

·      Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.

·      If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.

·      If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.


Academic Dishonesty and Student Honor Creed:

The university policy and procedures for academic dishonesty are outlined in the current Student Handbook in Appendix E. No cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be tolerated in this class.  Any student engaging in an academic dishonest act will be sanctioned appropriately. 


Enrollment in this class constitutes an acceptance to adhere to the Student Honor Creed and all other student conduct policies outlined in the university Student Handbook.


 Conduct statement:

Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from the class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop), and receive a final lower grade, up to and including an F.


Electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, iPods, iPads, personal computers, etc.) are not allowed to be used in class except with the expressed authorization of the instructor.  Absolutely no texting will be tolerated.  The use of any recording devices or recording media during the class and lectures is strictly prohibited. Students in violation to these rules will be sanctioned at the discretion of the instructor, and penalties may include lowering of the student’s grade, up to and including an F, and to include an instructor drop.


The instructor reserves the right to initiate an instructor drop with a grade or W, WF, or F, as specified in the Student Handbook (see link above) for reasons to include attendance issues, academic performance in the class, indifferent attitude, or disruptive conduct.










10%                Assignment #1

10%                Assignment #2

10%                Assignment #3

10%                Assignment #4

10%                Assignment #5

10%                Assignment #6


20%                Final Portfolio

20%                Participation


Dates are posted in attachment and are subject to change



Portfolios will be turned in at the end of each assignment. Photographs will be graded from an “idea” and "technical" point of view. A final portfolio will be turned in at the end of the semester on May 3, 2018. This portfolio will include all of the semesters assignments, contacts and re-do's. Attendance, maintenance of the facility, and class participation will play a significant role in determining your final grade. Each student must attend two MSU Gallery openings or write a two-page paper.


Gary Goldberg

Art 3013, 3023, 4013, 4023 101 - Photography ll, lll, lV, V

TTH 9:30-12:20

Dates and subjects possible to change





Jan. 16

Introduction to class, Research first 10 photographers


Jan. 18

First Photo assignment #1


Jan. 23




Load images, check supplies, nozzle check on printers


Jan. 30

Work on images


Jan. 31

Print images


Feb. 6

Window matting demonstration


Feb.  8

Assignment #1 due


Feb. 13

Work on second 10 photographers research


Feb. 15

Assignment #2, Critique


Feb. 20

 Load new photos into Bridge


Feb. 22

Print Assignment #2


Feb. 27

Photography and lab work


March 1

Photography and lab work


March 6

Assignment #3 due, Critique, introduction to new assignment


March 8







March 20

Spring Break March 12- 16


March 22

Assignment #3 due, Critique


March 27

New assignment #4 introduction


March 29

Work in Lab


April 3

Photoshop tutorial


April 5

Assignment #4 due, Critique and intro to assignment #5


April 10

 Window matting demonstration


April 12

Turn in Window matting


April 17

No Class on Nov 22 Thanksgiving break Nov. 21-26



April 19

Assignment #5 due, Critique



April 24

Introduction to new assignment # 6


April 26

 Chapter 10, History of Photography, work in lab on projects


May 1

 Assignment #6 due, Critique

Last day of regular classes, portfolio’s due



May 3

Senior Exhibitions tonight 6:00- 8:00 pm



May 4

Student show 6-8 pm










Final Exam

05/03/2018 9:30

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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