Contemporary Photographic Practices

Alex Arzt
Monday–Thursday, June 15–July 10

1:30–4:30 pm 

Dive into the world of digital photography through hands-on practice in the digital lab, lighting studio, and in the field. Learn to compose images and produce digital prints while learning advanced Adobe Photoshop features like selections, layers, masks, and channels. Group discussions on contemporary photography offer insight—and room for debate—on photographers, their artistic practice, strategies, and concepts. By the end of the course, you will have produced a cohesive body of photographs and broadened your expertise in digital photography and printing.  

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


Alex Arzt  is an Oakland based interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, collaboration, publishing, and installation to investigate what “getting back to nature” can mean in the age of human-made ecological crises. In 2018, she was awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation, and she is an Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. Her publishing projects have been stocked at Artbook @ MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, The Hammer Museum Store, and Motto Berlin. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught in the Art Foundations and Photography & Film Departments. She has attended residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, PLAYA Summer Lake, Hambidge Center, A-Z West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mildred’s Lane, and This Will Take Time.

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