When Objects Dream: The Darkroom and Lensless Photography: Tristan Tzara described Man Ray’s photograms as “ineffably charged with dreams like the geological layers that we use for bed sheets.” In this course students will explore the magic - and some physics - of photograms and other lensless photographic techniques. This class is a foundational photography course and will cover the fundamentals of the darkroom and the basics of photography through a range of light capturing processes such as photograms, pinhole cameras, printing out paper, photomontage and camera obscuras. Assignments, readings, collaborative projects, and field trips will give students the opportunity to practice and develop their own language around photographic abstraction and produce a coherent body of work.