Students Experience Multiple Eras of Photography on Tuscany Study Trip

| May 20, 2014
Tuscany Study Abroad

Eight students are accompanied by Webster Geneva Photography Program coordinator Francesco Arese Visconti for two weeks in Tuscany.

Tuscany Pistoia photography

To experience multiple eras of the field, students experiment with vintage equipment with film that requires development in a dark room. This photo was taken by Joy Corthesy in Pistoia.

For the eighth consecutive year, students at Webster University are engaged in a for-credit photography course involving travel to Italy’s Tuscany region.

The class, offered through Webster University Geneva, usually consists of four students from the Webster University Geneva campus and four students from the Webster St. Louis campus. The students are accompanied by Webster Geneva’s Photography Program Coordinator, Francesco Arese Visconti, and spend two weeks in Tuscany.

In this setting, students experience training in digital and traditional photography; one with modern, electronic cameras and the other using vintage equipment with film that requires development in a dark room.

Throughout the course, Arese Visconti obliges his students to use large-format 8×10 cameras, in which negatives are almost the size of an A4 sheet and one needs to be covered in a dark shroud while using the device to view the image in the camera.

The use of these techniques from the 1900’s, Arese Visconti says, is a rare opportunity for students to experience the medium in an era of modern digitization.

Arese Visconti says the comprehensive trip to Italy is an experience like no other, the kind of experience that sets Webster apart from other universities.

“At Webster we are very keen of multidisciplinary work, because life is multidisciplinary, of sorts,” Arese Visconti says. “I want students to be exposed to arts and food and landscapes and a different culture in general.”

In Pistoia, Joy Corthesy sets up her black-and-white shot (posted above in this story).

In Pistoia, Joy Corthesy sets up her black-and-white shot (posted above in this story).

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