First Light

First Light

How did early studies of light and optics influence the advancement of industrial economies, art, and human perceptions of self, time and space? First Light is a tactile investigation of the principles of Photography’s scientific and creative foundations,  providing theoretical perspectives and applied strategies for contemporary artists and designers.

With a hands-on approach- the chronicle, materials, and methodologies of proto and early photography will be examined and employed. Participants will review, test and apply refracted light projections, design and implement camera obscura installations, review early optical design, as well as indulge non-silver and silver-halide materials to create original visual works on paper, glass, metal and more. 

The workshop’s pairing of quotidian materials with complementary digital imaging technologies offer interpandemic-era participants an opportunity to work safely and intensively with tangible materials and processes in the field, independent of sanctioned photography laboratories and studios. Contingent of prevailing health regulations, regional excursions to primary optical and camera archives will complement the course.

The course is designed for photographers, artists and designers, as well as creative and curious students of all disciplines.

Stephan Jacobs studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Following his tenure as the Director of Photography for Inc Magazine and photography editor for Fast Company Magazine, Jacobs has been a lecturer and professor of visual media and photography in Boston, Massachusetts since 2004. 

He is currently the Associate Professor of Art and Photography at Emmanuel College, Boston. Since 2015 he has been a visiting academic at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, leading Summer Semester courses in photography. In 2017 the Lehrpreis (excellence and innovation in teaching award) for Bauhaus-Universität Weimar's Faculty of Art and Design.

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The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

You can also join the course online if you are unable to travel to Weimar.

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)


July 30 - August 13, 2022


The course language is English.