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Visualizing the Urban Landscape

Francis Reilly_Untitled

‘Untitled’ by Francis Reilly, Los Angeles River Renovation Study

This spring course approaches photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating, and interpreting the urban landscape.  It is intended for those interested in photography, landscape, architecture, the built environment, and art history in the context of the city.

Each student selects a site for the focus of his or her work in the course. The place may be anywhere in the Los Angeles region — urban, suburban, or rural. It may be a work of architecture, a garden, an urban space, a neighborhood, the urban edge, or the like. Work will be submitted in digital format. Images are projected for class discussion and posted in an online gallery. This work will proceed in stages, examining the site from varying perspectives, including light, detail, documentary, and poetic interpretation, and ending as a portfolio of photographs that express the qualities of a particular place, sequenced as a story or stories.

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“Sunday is my day with you” by Georgia Sheridan, Linear Park, Santa Monica

Each class is divided between presentation and discussion of student work and a lecture providing context and critical understanding for this work The lectures provide an historical and critical understanding of the evolution of photography of the natural and built environments. The lectures provide an historical and critical framework for informing one’s photographic efforts and, through the many examples, educate the eye to the variety of ways of seeing and interpreting the urban landscape..  Thus students are expected to evolve  their abilities to see and interpret the urban environment by understanding how others throughout the history of photography have done so, by experimenting with their own photographic project, and by discussing how other students have approached their work..

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‘Untitled’ by Camille Fink, Union Station

The course is led by Richard Langendorf.  He is uniquely prepared to teach this course as he has degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from MIT, has experience in both fields abroad and in the United States, and has more than 50 years of experience photographing the urban landscape.  UCLA Extension recognized his teaching excellence by giving him the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2013.

SKYLINE Art & Architecture Event in DTLA

Skyline 2014_Cerebral Hut

Beginning Feb. 13th and running through the 22nd, SKYLINE 2014 is a “free, annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific, experimental, interactive installations that embrace Los Angeles’ ever-evolving cultural landscape.  During SKYLINE, architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within Downtown Los Angeles into destination places for visitors and locals alike.”

Featuring installations that range from nightly dance performances by Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, to a Cerebral Hut (pictured) that tries to “establish a direct connection between the thoughts of its user and itself in order to reconfigure its physical boundaries accordingly,” SKYLINE 2014 promises to be an engaging showcase for the historic buildings and overlooked places throughout Downtown Los Angeles.

This free event occurs nightly from 6 – 10pm, and you can view a map and more installation info at the Skyline 2014 event page.

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