Undergraduate Degree




DP3007 Contemporary Landscape Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2005; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To introduce to students the practical and theoretical basics of landscape photography.


This practice-based course will explore the use of the landscape as a theme in creative photography. Students will be introduced to the different ways nature has been a prominent subject for photographers since the invention of photography over 160 years ago. They will be introduced to the subject of the landscape as being (variously) a territory ripe for conquest, a metaphor for the human condition, a feature of ‘the natural’ and ‘nature’ and a thing subject to man’s stewardship. Field trips will allow students to make ample use of the many natural parks and sites of Singapore. While use of 35mm and medium format cameras (both black and white film and digital colour) will predominate, students will have an opportunity to use a large format 4 x 5” camera.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

I) The Sublime Landscape

• Introduction to Landscape Photography

• Basic image file 

• Basic digital colour printing

II) The Industrial and Social Landscape

• Introduction to the 4x5” View Camera 

• Zone System of Exposure and Development


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

III) The inhabited Landscape-Architectural photography

IV) Environmental Concerns, Land at Risk and 

V) The Rephotographed Landscape, Using History

VI) Manufactured Nature 

VII) Landscape as Stage

• Fact and Fantasy


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will become familiar with landscape as a thematic focus that can be used to convey a range of social, political and personal ideas. Through an understating of this medium from a Singaporean-based perspective the students will be able to better place their own practice within a meaningful local and regional context.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

    • Studio-based exercises and projects

    • Individual, group and team-based assignments


        1. Jim Stone, A User's Guide to the View Camera, Barnes and Noble, NYC

        2. Brian Wallis, Christopher Phillips, Edward Earle, Carol Squiers (Eds), Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Centre of Photography, New York City (exhibition catalogue)

        3. Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Verso Books