AHIS 1219: Through the Lens: A Critical History of Photography

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Course Format Lecture 3.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

Students will examine the history of photography from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present day. Students will explore through lecture and lab the aesthetic and technological developments of the medium from such early processes as the daguerreotype to contemporary digital approaches. Students will become familiar with historic and contemporary movements as well as analyzing critical issues around the development of the medium. Issues to examine will include the role of photography in the development of mass culture, the relationship of the medium to other art forms, the role of gender, race, and class in photography as well as debates around censorship, pornography, copyrights, and art vs. craft. Students registered in this course may also be interested in registering in PHOT 1150: History of Photography Lab.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography.

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