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A photo of the front of the CDS House An Introduction to Decolonized Photography is a Course

An Introduction to Decolonized Photography

Ended Apr 6, 2021
12.0 credits

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This class meets ONLINE on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm eastern time.

Learning how to make a decent photograph is easy. Making compelling images with an awareness of photography’s often ambiguous role is another story. In this course, we will question the very notion of objectivity in images, learn why some suggest that photography is dead, and figure out where to go from there. We’ll look at practical techniques, approaches, and mindsets for making images with intention. Students will learn how to examine their own work, make critical decisions about it, and set out on a path to making that work mean something or do something. Through a mix of practical exercises, presentations, and group editing sessions, we will all be better, more cognizant image makers at the end of this course.

Robert Pluma is a multidisciplinary artist, documentarian, and creative technologist dedicated  to creating intimate, sensitive work to confront inequity and challenge power. He works to generate shifts in perspective, examine our capacity for empathy, re-center the outliers, and corrode barriers resisting our will to act. Robert’s practice extends beyond traditional media, reaching deeper into our physical world. He uses any means necessary to communicate ideas: photographs, moving images, written words, augmented reality, field recordings, ambient soundscapes, mixed-media sculpture, and electro-mechanical installations.

Robert is a Coahuiltecan, Tejano, and Mexican-American Indigenous Futurist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Magnum Foundation Grantee, FOTODEMIC grantee, and Tow Knight Scholar whose work has been featured in exhibitions, film, print, broadcast, and digital media.