Since its invention, photography has struggled to depict the truth. Early photographers attempted to represent the world as truthfully as possible. With contemporary life putting a camera in everyone’s pocket, and the digital capabilities of Photoshop and analog photography, the medium is in a state of untruthful flux.

At EOU, students in photography learn to break the mould of the arm’s-length Facebook self-portrait and explore photography as a medium for meaningful expression. Using traditional black and white darkroom techniques, students are immersed in the oldest aspects of the medium.

Taking digital and studio photography allows students to explore manipulation through computers and light, respectively. The commercial and artistic elements of the spectrum of photography are stressed every step of the way.

Understanding photography also requires studying the artists of the past that brought the medium to where it is today. From the earliest work by Daguerre, through the modernists and Edward Weston, to the works of the Starn Brothers and Sally Mann, EOU students research photographs obscure and famous, horrifying and beautiful, gaining an understanding of history, art, and photography’s truths and lies.

Above all, EOU students learn the power that comes with aiming a camera at the world and at themselves.


Beginning Photography

ART 261 – Beg Photography

Credits: 3.00

An introduction to photography as a medium of creative expression. Major emphasis is on learning the film camera, processing film, and enlarging prints.

Prerequisite: Art Majors ART 101 or ART 120 or consent of instructor. Non-Art Majors ART 101 or ART 120 or consent of instructor.

Advanced Photography

ART 361 – Adv Photography
Credits: 3.00

A further exploration of the potentials of the medium. Improvement of basic skills and introduction to more advanced techniques. Development of the student’s own imagery.

Prerequisite: ART 261 or consent of instructor.

The Digital Darkroom

ART 364 – Digital Photography

Credits: 3.00

Prerequisite: ART 261 or consent of instructor.

Videography for the Exhibiting Artist

ART 365 – Videography

Credits: 4.00

Video production and exhibition skills.

Prerequisite: Junion Standing or consent of Instructor.