This assignment will be constructing a photomontage by compositing different digital images together to form both a coherent design and to suggest new forms of meaning behind the images. In this assignment you will take a high resolution portrait image (preferably .tiff) from the Library of Congress. You must find a portrait, however it maybe be full figure or not. You will fully cut out the portrait image from it’s background and place it in a new photoshop document.
Your new Photoshop document must be 11 x 14 inches at 300 ppm. Keep in mind the resolution of the image you are downloading to avoid quality loss. In this document, I want you to create a composite using the older photo with your own photographic imagery and design sensibility to create a modern interpretation of the portrait.
When is it due?
You will present your work and turn it in at the start of class on Thu 2/16 (TR class) or Wed 2/15 (MWF class)
Portraits can tell stories about people, but in ways that rely heavily on photographic signifiers. Facial expressions. The background. The clothes, the light/color, everything is part of the story.
Consider using the portrait subject as an avatar for an imagined character, or a self portrait. Consider using empathy to try to illustrate the “true” character of the portrait.
While you want your image to be cohesive, you do not need to make a photo realistic composite.
Consider expressive use of design elements such as line, texture, and color.
Words to consider: editorial illustration, composite, photomontage, appropriation, recontextualize, empathy
Sally Grizzel Larson