Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Waligore, Marilyn
Discipline and Number
HUAS 7320 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Readings in Photography

Description of Course:


This course involves the discussion of texts central to the theories and histories of photography, to facilitate understanding of key concepts that correspond to the rapid production and consumption of images in our mediated age.

Our discussions of photography will be organized into three categories: the ontology of photography (attributes unique to photography, such as indexicality, connection to time and place, trigger for human memory); documentary practice; and photography's privileged position within contemporary art.  Students will be asked to generate images in response to several readings.

Required Texts:

Required Texts:

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Geoffrey Batchen, ed. Photography Degree Zero, Reflections on Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida
Diarmuid Costello and Margaret Iversen, eds. Photography After Conceptual Art
James Guimond, American Photography and the American Dream
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
Liz Wells, ed. The Photography Reader

a set of articles available electronically may include:
Joanna Lowry, "Negotiating Power."
Walter Benn Michaels,"Photographs and Fossils."
Marcia E. Vetrocq, "Rules of Engagement."

Students should have access to a still or video camera, and should be able to output their images to print or digital media. Visual responses can be generated using basic consumer-level photographic processes.

Gretchen Garner, Disappearing Witness: Change in Twentieth Century American Photography

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria:  Course requirements include active participation in class discussions, in-class presentation and review essay, annotated bibliography of selected readings (ten one-page annotations), visual images created to correspond to the three discussion categories.

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