The Constructed Photograph

Alice Shaw
Monday–Thursday, June 18–July 13

1:30–4:30 pm 

Requirements: Students must provide their own digital SLR camera. Additional photography equipment is available on loan.

The artist's studio operates as a home base, a laboratory, and even a stage to launch new ideas and inquiries about the intricacies of the everyday world. We will examine what it means for the artist to work in a directorial mode, whether with people, objects, or materials, paying close attention to the evolution of the constructed photograph from the conceptual 1970s and into the contemporary realm. This genre makes use of a vast range of techniques including lighting, staging, styling, directing, crafting, scripting, and more. Constructed images in this course can include a wide array of mediums and materials from celluloid film, found or constructed objects, paintings, drawings, prints, to sculpture and installation.


Alice Shaw infuses humor and poignancy into her artwork. Though she was educated as a photographer she often utilizes other art forms to realize her concepts. Shaw has exhibited in the US and internationally. She is an Artadia Grant Awardee and she is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gallery 16 in San Francisco, where her work is represented, published her book People Who Look Like Me in 2006. 


  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1999


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