Understanding Tokyo Through Photography

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Urban Studies
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Geared toward students without background in photography, this course will study a variety of urban phenomena in Tokyo through the lens of the digital camera as an analytical device. Starting with a preliminary study of theoretical approaches to photographic and visual representations of the city and cultures, the course will alternate between photo-shooting sessions, student presentations, classroom discussions of weekly readings, and written assignments. The goal of this class is not to produce "beautiful" photographs; rather, the students will be asked to complete projects that fully reflect an intelligent criticism of the assigned readings and class discussions. The semester will culminate in a final exhibition at the university and/or a booklet showcasing student works. All assignments and projects must be uploaded in a digital format to the class website—more details to follow. (3 credits)