The Constructed Photograph

Dana Morrison
Monday–Thursday, June 15–July 10

1:30–4:30 pm | Studio 21

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

We will examine what it means for the artist to work as director, whether it is staging people, objects, or materials in order to “construct” a photograph. Lectures on seminal photographers from the conceptual 1970s and into the contemporary realm will reveal the evolution of the field. 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 many mediums and materials —from celluloid film, found or constructed objects, paintings, drawings, prints, to sculpture and installation and is well-suited for photographers who want to push their practice in new directions.


Dana Morrison lives and works in San Francisco, California.  She obtained her MFA in Studio Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016, and her BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010.  Dana has been recognized through a number of grants and awards during her career, including the June Brundage Cater Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, the Anne Bremer Foundation Award though SFAI and the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award through SOMArts Cultural Center and the San Francisco Foundation.

Dana works primarily in sculpture, performance and both traditional and digital photography.  She grew up in central Pennsylvania and was gifted her first camera at age 12.

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