Undergraduate Degree



DP2008 Experimental Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To deliver to students a practice-based introduction of a wide range of non-traditional chemical photographic process and lensless photography. To introduce students to the fundamental connections between a photograph’s material form and its aesthetic value.


This course will introduce students to a wide variety of photo-based alternative processes. By introducing students to these processes, both silver and non- silver, they will learn effective alternatives they can then use in the creation of their own aesthetic approach to their work. The class will be primarily process-oriented and will offer students a risk-taking environment which will allow them to experiment and expand their aesthetic arsenal.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Pinhole Photography

• Digital Negatives

• Process such as:

- Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Argyrotype, Kallitype, POP process, the Salted Paper process, Platinum & Palladium, etc

• Historical and contemporary uses of experimental methods and materials


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Production of portfolio of work


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be aware of the photographic process as a material-driven practice. The student will have an effective understanding of the role of chemistry in the place of traditional photographic practice. The students will be able to create an image whose expressive boundaries are significantly determined by its material nature.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Process, Delmar

  2. Robert Hirsch, John Valentino, Photographic Possibilities, Focal Press

  3. Eric Renner, Pinhole Photography: From Historic Technique to Digital Application, Focal Press

  4. Ron Reeder, Brad Hinkel, Digital Negatives, Focal Press