Photographing The Literary Seville
Universidad de Sevilla
Area of Study
Literature, Photography, Spanish, Spanish Culture
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course is taught in English and is open to students with any level of Spanish. An SLR digital camera
with full manual functions is required.
The course will examine the literary richness of Seville through the photographic lens. We will
learn about how to better control our cameras, fundamental photographic techniques and the history of
photography and apply this knowledge to the myths and stories based here. We will also explore the
city and its surroundings during field trips and learn to look at images critically and critique them in a
The course will consist of 2 modules twice per week of 2 hours that will cover the topics
mentioned in the syllabus. Students will be required to have their own digital camera with fully manual
options including the ability to change the ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. The material will be
covered with classroom lectures, assigned readings, a documentary screening, photography
assignments to be critiqued by the class and in-class excursions in Seville and the surrounding areas.
Students will be required to use the Flickr.com online image gallery service for in-class critiques.
1. Introduction: Learning about your camera and the city.
2. A brief history of photography and introduction to myths and legends of Seville.
3. Professional photography: Advertising, photojournalism and fine art photography.
4. Composition: what elements go into making a good image.
5. Light: an introduction to studio lighting and the use of flash.
6. Exposure: the secrets behind properly exposed images.
7. Portraits: what is portraiture and how great ones are made.
8. An introduction to online media and the role of photography in the 21st century.
9. Photo narrative: how to set up and execute a coherent photo story.
10. Literary Seville, exploring the literary history of the city through images.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.