Marcella Hackbardt

Tuesday and Thursday 8:10-11:00 a.m.
Art Barn Photography area phone: 427-5473

Office hours in Bexley 103:
Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Office phone: 427-5461

This course is an introduction to the fundamental, technical, and aesthetic issues of black and white photography. This includes thorough instruction in 35mm camera operation, film and print processing; basic lighting concepts and composition. Arts 106 is a project-structured course, with lectures, demonstrations, project assignments, critiques, discussions and one exam.

Assignments will demonstrate mastery of technical skills and individual creative expression. Through slide presentations and discussions, students will gain familiarity with the critical and theoretical debates surrounding photography in general.

One goal of the course is for students to learn to make and discuss photographic work that has cultural, historical, formal and conceptual attributes. In other words, I will expect each student to generate expressive work, and to explore the intensity of art making. More general goals for students include understanding art making as a practice connected to other disciplines and activities, and experiencing that their work as a group is important to their individual success.

Critiques of assignments are important to the progress of each individual in the class, and to the success of the course itself. The critique fosters development of an ability to verbalize visual concepts, and will help you learn to see actively.

Critiques are a time for articulating your ideas and formal decisions, and for discovering how your creative products communicate through larger systems of symbolism, visual associations, memory, metaphor, psychoanalytic readings, and the history of knowledges and materials. Participation in critiques will be considered in grades for all assignments.

A Short Course in Photography, by Barbara London and Jim Stone, Prentice Hall

On reserve in Olin Library:
" Thinking About Photography", Photography: A Critical Introduction, Liz Wells, Routledge, 2000

Attendance is mandatory and essential to the course. An unexcused absence is one where you do not talk to me in class prior to your absence. For each class you miss, you will lower your grade by one point out of a total of 100 points.

Open Labs are mandatory class sessions. If you come to the beginning of class, but are unprepared to work in the lab, you will be considered absent. There are required events on campus to attend outside of class.

If you miss a critique, you will receive an F for that assignment. Assignments 1-3, if turned in on a critique day, will be eligible for re-submittal for grade re-evaluation.


Project 1 15 points points
Project 2 15 points
Project 3 15 points
Quiz 1 15 points
Quiz 2 15 points
Exam 15 points
Reading 15 points
Final Project 25 points

Your grade in this class will be based on your performance in the following areas:

Serious and creative effort evident in your solution to assignments

Visual and intellectual innovation
1. Formal and aesthetic: visual impact of images, use of composition, attention to
the details of presentation
2. Conceptual: concepts engaging, inventive, development of ideas over the length
of the project, references one or more considerations of the project topic, a sense
of personal vision

Technical accomplishment

1. Knowledgeable use of camera and other photographic equipment
2. Well-developed negatives, and well-made fine prints

Class participation

Participate in class discussions, help others during open lab, offer thoughtful
comments during critiques (on both one's own and others' artwork)

Work ethic
Consistent progress, helpfulness, initiative, ambitious work (nature of project,
quantity of images, overall quality


Kenyon Bookstore, Gambier 427-5440
Focus Studio, 201 South Main, Mt. Vernon 397-5696
Midwest Photo Exchange, 3313 North High, Columbus 614-261-1264
B&H Photo, New York City 1-800-947-7785
Calumet, Chicago 1-800-225-8638
Freestyle, Los Angeles 1-800-616-3686


On average, a student can expect to spend $300.00 for supplies during the semester, not including a camera.

35 mm camera with manual controls
100 sheet box of 8x10 photo paper, multigrade RC
25 sheet package of 8x10 photo paper, fiber base
35mm b&w film (i.e. TMAX 100, TMAX 400, TRI-X, Agfapan)
Multigrade filters 6x6
35mm negative sleeves

3 ring binder
Negative cleaner
17”x13” polypropylene envelope
Anti-static cloth
Optional: truecore box
Lens cleaning tissue/lens cleaning fluid
Optional: 18" steel ruler with cork back
Lock (from Art Department)

#0000 sable spotting brush
White mat board, cut to 11” x 14”
Small Exacto knife, Exacto blade

8x10 dry mount tissue