TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

Photo I: Beginning Practice – Sustainer (Online)

August 3, 2022

$560.00 available on subscription from $140.00 every 2 weeks for 8 weeks

Course Description:

In Photo I: Beginning Practice we will explore the historical basis of the Black Body in images from the eighteenth century to the present while learning about the foundations of photography. It begins with an introduction to the history of photography alongside visual iconographies. Next, it considers how racializations and commodification impact how we see, and process, social constructs through the usage of images. Photography, print culture, film and painting are used as focus points for these discussions. Integrating popular culture –mainstream photographs, films, music videos and social media– is also welcome to broaden the implications of our work. The course is organized historically and thematically so that students can learn how race, sex and individual expression are perceived over time.

Location: Online


Tennille Mack


Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Tennille Mack has utilized her exposure to different fields of art to create her own approach of archiving everyday life forms and lived experiences. Her initial mediums have been painting and charcoal but gained a stronger interest in photography after participating in the Cooper Union Portfolio Prep program as a senior in high school. Through this program, she visited the studios of various artists who emphasized the importance of presenting your beliefs and ideas while incorporating with daily occurrences. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History & International Studies from Spelman College. As a participant of the AUC Art History Collective she cultivated her expertise through a myriad of experiences such as studying abroad at Goldsmith’s University of London, interning at leading institutions, Studio Museum in Harlem, The Getty and others. Tennille is continuing to explore her documentarian practice through photography, journalism, and curation.

Dates and Time: 

8-Week Course, 2 hours/week

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm EST

Start Date: Tuesday, September 13th

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