Camera and Culture: Travel Photography in London and Dublin

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Michael Kopp is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bellarmine University and is the Founding Director of The Social Practice Lab. With the mission to narrow the health equity gap, this non-profit organization designs and manages collaborative projects that operate at the intersection of public health and public art. Prior to this, Michael was the Art + Operations Director at 1619 Flux: Art + Activism, located in West End Louisville, Kentucky. Michael's practice interrogates the role of Artist as Maker; to examine the social power structures of imagery, image making, and image publication. Employing the conceptual framework of glitch theory, Michael analyzes the politics and processes of HIV transmission through the production of contemporary queer visual and social practice art. Michael presented his research at Ohio State University and Indiana University and exhibited internationally at the Millepiani Gallery in Rome, Italy, in 2019. Community-engaged work has been the cornerstone of Kopp's artistic practice, which strives to move the artist from the studio and into community leadership positions.

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Camera and Culture: Travel Photography in London and Dublin

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2024 – Jan 8, 2025

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Photography , Communication

Course Description:

Develop your visual communication skills while finding creative inspiration in the historical and contemporary photography archives at world-famous museums such as London's Victoria and Albert, Tate Modern, and National Portrait Gallery. We'll visitwe'llMuseum of Modern Art and the National Photographic Archive in Dublin. Field trips to historic neighborhoods and celebrated tourist sites of London and Dublin will provide subject matter for your photographic experiments while introducing you to aspects of local culture only available through the study abroad experience. In this class, you will acquire heightened technical photographic skills while engaging in cultural critiques and considering ethical issues aroused by modern tourism.

None. Open to students of all majors.

Physical Activity Requirements:
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Course Highlights:
  • Explore concepts of cultural critique and ethical tourism through the photographic lens.
  • Focus on the technical and aesthetic craft of visual narrative making while exploring the cities of London and Dublin.
  • Examine the unique history of this region with respect to 19th-century photography through a range of styles and artists, including contemporary and vintage photography.
  • Immerse yourself in the captivating world of photography, from galleries and museums to hands-on workshops led by industry experts
  • Ring in the New Year with fireworks above Buckingham Palace.