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COURSE NAME: "Travel Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Paolo Soriani
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: F 9:00-1:00 PM [Course meets on: Sept. 8th, Oct. 13th, Oct. 20th, and Nov. 17th]
PREREQUISITES: Partially on-site; refer to the complete syllabus for activity fee details
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

Travel photography is the art of documenting places, people and traditions in a manner that the image itself narrates a feeling of time and place, and a portrayal of the art, and landscapes and societies it engages with. Technically, travel photography also hones skills in dealing with diverse light conditions and settings. A sense of history and observation, and an eye for composition and action are hence integral aspects of this type of photography. The course provides a practical engagement with the challenges of natural light photography, and an analytical appreciation of the language of travel reportage photography.
The course addresses the technical and creative aspects of travel photography in order to enable students to create their own travel reportage. Focusing on the city of Rome, on-site, practical-learning case studies will provide a range of settings, lighting conditions, and contexts through which to experience the art of reportage and travel photography.

The course is conducted over four meetings. The first three are structured as thematically and include theory and practical work; the fourth meeting is reserved for the formal presentation of this work. The course offers practice in handling technical aspects, and in how to capture both the representation and interpretation of place that constitutes the language of travel photography. 
The course will include a lesson discussing in detail the ethical and legal aspects of photography, including international and especially Italian and American rules about photographing in public, protection of privacy, eventual use of images, copyright, obtaining model releases, safety, and in general the respectful treatment of others in all phases and aspects of photography. Students must agree to respect the John Cabot University Photography Code of Conduct. 


Each student must have a digital camera with a wide lens or an optical zoom 3x or more and/or 35mm TTL camera with 28/80mm lens zoom or equivalents. A camera with functions selector M,A,S,P and a tripod is strongly recommended.


• Practical experience in natural light and ambient photography 

• Practical experience in handling diverse interior and open air settings, including the visual impact of the texture, form and context of these 

• Awareness of how to construct a narrative or interpretative engagement in photography, be that of a location, tradition, or person 

• Insight into the language of travel reportage photography


Attendance (contribution to on-site work and final presentation discussion) 60
final presentation 40

AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems. Student demonstrates passion and willing to extend knowledge and realized an excellent final pro
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced. Student had some lack of interest and the final project was good but not so rich of contents and artistic qualities
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill. The Final project is correct but poor in terms of creativity and technique . Student didn't attend more than Four classes.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work. Student didn't attend more than Five classes.
F Negligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work. Too many missing classes.

PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE POLICY Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed 1 only justified absence. Additional absences will lower the participation portion of the grade considerably. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. MAKE-UPS Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.



Meeting 1 – Friday  September 3 

Meeting Place: Fiorentini Art Studio 

Introduction to the field of travel photography; consideration of practical aspects; discussion of technical challenges.

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Meeting 2 – Friday October 13 

Meeting Place: Piazza Navona 

On-site work: The human behavior and the culture of a city. How to shoot people

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Meeting 3 – Friday October 20 

Meeting Place: Campidoglio square 

On-site work: Approaching Architecture and Monuments. The Magic Light after Sunset 

Interiors and ambient light 

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Meeting 4 . Friday November 17

Meeting Place: Fiorentini Art Studio 

Discussion of the works produced. This will address their technique, creativity, and engagement with the language of travel reportage. Final Project.


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