History of Photographic Concepts and Photo Critique Seminar

Jamil Hellu

Jamil Hellu
12 Sessions » 
Wednesdays, September 10–December 3
(no session November 26)
7:30–10:30 pm
 | Studio 16C | $480

Prerequisite: Students must own with their own camera equipment (film or digital). Students working with medium or large format cameras are also welcome.

This course examines the development of photographic concepts from the invention of the medium in 1839 to the present. Students are encouraged to develop an individual photographic project based on their personal aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Class time will be divided between discussions about the history of photographic concepts and critique of student work (digital or analogue). Student work will be critiqued on issues of identity, presentation, and the development of coherent critical language. History of photographic concepts will be used to broaden the base of cognitive and artistic processes. 

“Jamil is an amazing, generous teacher with a wealth of information to pass on. He acknowledges the strengths of each student’s work while also gracefully encouraging the confrontation of weak points.” –Advanced Photography Critique Seminar student, 2012

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Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University and was granted a BFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. He is the recipient of a six-month residence at the Cité internationale des Arts, Paris; the Graduate Fellowship Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausilito, California; and an artist's residency at Recology San Francisco.



Jamil Hellu
Lightening Rod and Love Bolt (Guardians of the Golden Gate), 2012
Digital pigment print
30 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist