The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts seeks a dynamic artist in Photography with strong grounding in the theoretical, historical, and practical aspects of lens-based practices to teach two courses during the Fall 2018 term. Please see the course descriptions below. This position requires teaching and attending occasional department and curricular planning meetings only; neither service nor research is expected.
Introduction to Large Format Photography – 1 teaching period
Although the large format camera (also known as the view camera) is one of the earliest photographic devices developed in the history of photography, many contemporary artists continue to use it as their primary camera today. In this studio course, students will learn the process of large format photography - operating the camera, developing film, and printing their photographs in the darkroom and digitally as well as basic lighting skills. The technical exploration of the medium will be supplemented with in class discussions about the work of artists who have used large format cameras throughout history such and its relevance to, and effect upon, the fine art world today. Students have reserved access to 4x5" large format cameras with the opportunity to work on 8x10" film.
Photography After the Internet – 1 teaching period
Every day millions—if not billions—of people take images with their smart phones, tweak them, and share them across the internet, which is not merely another element of mass culture but the first truly universal medium. The word “Photoshop” is a noun that refers to an image editing application yet has become so ubiquitous in common parlance as to be a verb (to “photoshop” an image). Given the radically transforming notion of image production and consumption, how can artists today address the practice of “photography” if more photographs are taken every two minutes than were made in the entire 20th century, how can artist utilize the medium in new and interesting ways?
In this course, students will unpack these questions through discussion of a series of contemporary readings on image and visual culture by Hito Steyerl, Trevor Paglen, and Nicholas Mirzeoff, among others. Student will also analyze “post-internet” photographic practices through artists such as Petra Cartwright, Amalia Ulman, Lil Miquela, and Brad Troemel. Finally, through a combination of reading, conversation, and critically looking, each student will realize their own post-internet photographic project.
Candidates must have an MFA in Studio Art or an equivalent degree and college-level teaching experience, preferably at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Please submit the following application materials through Interfolio, at http://apply.interfolio.com/51416 :
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Artist statement
- Link to an online portfolio
- Contact information for three references
Questions about the position may be directed to Nate Harrison, chair of the Media Arts department, at firstname.lastname@example.orgHelp. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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