This course will focus on the first hundred years of photography, from the 1830s to the 1930s, considering the medium as a creative vehicle and theoretical construct. Early photography in Europe and America witnessed a vast array of technologies, functions, and aesthetic motivations. Exploring both primary documents (treatises, artist statements) and the critical, secondary literature, the seminar will investigate the full spectrum of photography from "fine art" to book illustration. A main focus of our reading will be historical texts that question the shifting status of photography. Using the Clark's photography holdings as our base of inquiry, students will also view Photobooks in the Clark library and visit the Williams College Museum of Art.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: involved class participation, several short presentations, and a term paper of 20 pages.
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Enrollment Preference: preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors
Material and Lab Fees:
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1508
|ARTH559-01(F) SEM Photography as Object and Idea||Jay A. Clarke
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