The objectives of this class are both to view and study photographs taken during the Free Speech Movement and to learn photographic technique, which will include assignments involving taking photographs. Students are required to take photographs on a weekly basis and these photographs will be critiqued in class as time permits. A background and experience in photography is recommended. Students must have access to a camera for the course assignments. Recommended specifications for the camera include manual control of exposure and focus and the capability of changing the focal length (wide-angle and telephoto). The class includes visits to campus museums, galleries, and archives. To hone photographic skills, aesthetic, semantic, and technical aspects of photography will be discussed. As time permits, possible photography topics may include quality of light, exposure control, depth of field, composition and patterns, perspective, color science, the human visual system, and perception. The seminar emphasizes civic engagement and is not intended to be primarily a photography course. Political discussion will be an integral part of the seminar. Class participation is essential. In addition to the requirement of completely weekly photographic assignments, attendance at all classes and other course-related activities is required to receive a "pass" grade, except for prior arrangement with the instructor or documented emergencies. "Guidelines Concerning Scheduling Conflicts with Academic Requirements" by the Committee on Educational Policy state "If unforeseen conflicts arise during the course of the semester students must promptly notify the instructor and arrange to discuss the situation as soon as these conflicts (or the possibility of these conflicts) are known" and "faculty may decline to enroll students in a class who cannot be present at all scheduled activities." This seminar is not about the subject of computer science even though it is offered through the Computer Science Division. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome.
The first class session will not be held in the classroom, and all students enrolled or waitlisted for this seminar should be in direct contact with Professor Barsky in advance of the first class session for details about where to meet. Additional field trip information and Food for Thought dining details will be discussed in class. A background and experience in photography is recommended. To complete the course assignments, students must have access to a camera. Recommended specifications for the camera include manual control of exposure and focus and the capability of changing the focal length (wide-angle and telephoto).
This seminar is open to first-year students only. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.
Brian Barsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Computer Science and joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1981. His research interests include computational photography, contact lens design, computer methods for optometry and ophthalmology, image synthesis, computer aided geometric design and modeling, CAD/CAM/CIM, interactive and realistic three-dimensional computer graphics, visualization in scientific computing, computer aided cornea modeling and visualization, medical imaging, and virtual environments for surgical simulation.
Faculty web site: http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~barsky