As a type of image that proliferated with Enlightenment individualism, the portrait is perhaps the quintessential representation of the iGeneration, (how often do you change your Facebook profile picture?). In this course we will study-and practice the gamut of photographic portraiture, and inquire into the ways portraits operate-and have operated-in various cultures. Topics include: post-mortem and spirit photography; the performance of identity; collaboration and photographic encounters with the “other.” Course will incorporate readings and written responses, in addition to the technical skills necessary to produce an ambitious final project. Prerequisite: MEDA 102. Offered as needed every two to three years.