This class is an introduction to photography in the 21st century as a potent form of artistic visual communication. Historical strategies and trends, aesthetic considerations, craft, and thematic content will be covered with an emphasis on proficiency with traditional and contemporary photographic processes. Projects will enable students to learn technical basics, make informed choices about materials and processes, develop and articulate their own ideas, and broaden historical and theoretical contexts. The course requires a 35 mm SLR with manually adjustable apertures and shutter speeds. Photography I emphasizes proficiency with traditional and digital techniques (in camera, in the studio, in the darkroom, and in the computer lab), and introduces content (process, theory, art history, and criticism).