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[Past Event] Human Face | Livestream Zoom + Recorded

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Course Description:

Like upright posture and opposable thumbs, the human face is the product of a long evolutionary process. Every face is unique yet universal, mechanical yet expressive, modern yet ancient. We possess a specific region of our brain dedicated to recognizing and analyzing the nuances of a face. From the very beginning of our lives, we show a decided preference for faces over any other image. Photographers also recognized the importance of the human face and began focusing on portraiture from the birth of the medium. Portraits have routinely been used to show the importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, and social standing of the sitter. Even today our most pervasive and popular photographic subject is the self-portrait, or “selfie.” Co-taught by biologist Dr. Roger Luckenbach and photographer and art historian Brian Taylor, this lively and profusely illustrated course will examine the development and significance of the human face and how it has been portrayed throughout the history of photography.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Mondays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 *1:00 - 2:30pm* (3 sessions)


Course will meet live via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to each class session. Courses will stream via Zoom and WILL be recorded for viewing later. A video link will be emailed to you within 3-5 days of each session.


Roger Luckenbach, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Director of the Biotechnology and Honors Science programs at Fresno City College. Brian Taylor is the former Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at San José State, and was the longtime Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art.