ARTH 505 Fall 2014 Critical Theories of Photography

This course is meant to introduce and familiarize graduate students with the major works of photography theory. We begin with the pre-history of photography and move through the nineteenth century, examining the emergence of early photographic practices such as the daguerreotype, considering their social and cultural importance. We will then consider twentieth century theories of photography and end with the contemporary moment, examining major trends and ideologies that emerge along the way. These include the complex relationship between painting and photography, the ontology of photography, theories of documentary photography and modernism, the notion of reproducibility, aura, phenomenology, the index, issues of gender and identity, postmodern discussions of the medium, and recent contemporary approaches to photography theory. We will engage in lively discussions about the relationship between theory and practice.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: assignments will include short reader response essays to the readings as well as a longer research paper due at the end of the semester
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 2002
ARTH 505 - 01 (F) SEM Critcal Theores of Photography Division 1: Languages and the Arts Kristen Oehlrich
R 10:00 AM-12:40 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 2002
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