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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu


History of Photography

Since the invention of photography, ordinary images have had a profound impact on defining culture.  The assignment for the Term Project is to investigate Vernacular snapshot Photography, using a variety of sources, in preparation for creating a digital photo album, with accompanying text, to be presented in class, and posted to both your e-portfolio.

Snapshot photographs designed for the public realm as well as those most likely intended for private viewing by family and friends. Be sure to consider photographs that express a sense of informality and intimacy, and the unusual - fiction and fantasy. And, of course, the clichéd vernacular snapshot image.

Find a Database Article

Your best bet for finding articles about photographers would besome of the Otis Databases: Art Source. ProQuest and JSTOR as they cover the history of photography.

Finding articles about subject matter such as "vernacular photography" will be more challenging. You can simply enter those terms in a database and find something. but you can also think of terms that an author of an article might use in a title of an article, such as "snapshots." Be sure to also check the SUBJECT field of an article you find helpful and see how the people who index/catalog the articles classify it. For instance, "Amateur photography" and "Vernacular photography" are both used. See also: How to Clarify Your Topic.

Books of Interest

The Snap-Shot edited by Jonathan Green

Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album by Barbara Levine, Stephanie Snyder, Matthew Stadler

Snapshot Versions of Life by Richard Chalfen (e-book)

Snapshot : New Art from Los Angeles organized by James Elaine

The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978

African American Vernacular Photography

Jo Spence : Beyond the Perfect image : Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism by Jo Spence

Camera and Community : Photographs from the Collection of the Institute for Arts and Media

Family Snaps by Jo Spence


Exhibitions/Websites of Interest

Close to Home: An American Album - Getty

Shades of L.A. project at LAPL Photo Collection

Lens Blog - New York Times






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